Trainer Chris Waller will send happy holidayer Riva De Lago to next month's Epsom Handicap after his win in Saturday's Theo Marks over 1400 metres, but Rain Affair will head for a break after being disappointing again.
Riva De Lago showed the benefit of a light winter in Brisbane, where he was emergency for the Stradbroke and didn't get a start, as he won by 2½ lengths from Solzhenitsyn with Your Honour working hard to the line for third.
Front-running Rain Affair dropped out to run sixth after getting his own way.
''That's it, paddock,'' trainer Joe Pride said of the $2.60 favourite. ''We'll give him a break and start again. That just isn't him.''
While Riva De Lago didn't run in Queensland he got some sun on his back and showed the benefit. He settled midfield and enjoyed the speed set by Rain Affair before producing a great turn of foot. ''I was a bit concerned about Rain Affair in the race but I thought it was the right race for [Riva De Lago] today,'' Waller said. ''He had a bit of a busman's holiday in Queensland and still had that residual fitness, which helped him come to hand quickly.
''On the way he raced today I think he can get a mile. If not he'll run a very good race all the same.
''He has won over 1500 metres here [at Rosehill] and the normal pattern for horses is to get further as they get a little older.
''He's won a group 2 and deserves a chance at a handicap group 1.''
Riva De Lago has always been touted as a potential top-liner and will get his chance at the Randwick mile, which jockey Jim Cassidy thinks he will handle.
''He really pinged there and was impressive,'' Cassidy said. ''He is older and more mature but going on that he will be a lightweight chance in the Epsom.
''I said that to Chris before that run and that just confirmed it.''
Trainer Robert Heathcote was delighted with the return of Solzhenitsyn, which sat outside Rain Affair, and will head to Melbourne for the Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on September 29.
''It was a great effort first-up and he is on target for a big spring,'' Heathcote said. ''I didn't think he would be outside Rain Affair like that and he did a good job to keep going.''