Todd Pannell tasted Group 1 glory for the first time when 20/1 shot Despatch caused a boilover in Saturday's The Goodwood at Morphettville.
The Tony McEvoy-trained four-year-old made all under Pannell, who rated his mount to perfection throughout the 1200 metres.
Despatch booted clear soon after straightening for the run home and gave a great kick
He won narrowly from the fast-finishing three-year-old Behemoth, while race favourite Spright, which had to be re-shod just moments before the race, ran third.
"That sounds pretty good (being a G1-winning jockey)," Pannell said on Racing.com.
"I'd just like to thank Tony McEvoy and the owners for giving me this opportunity.
"Even just coming back I had to keep telling myself, "This is The Goodwood".
"He jumped too good and he got into his stride straight away. I thought after nearly a furlong I was going to take it up. He had a good, cheap run there mid-race and had a good kick at the finish.
"He's a pretty tough horse and he's done very well this prep."
His Goodwood triumph made it four wins on the bounce for the gelded son of Written Tycoon and seven from 11 overall.
McEvoy said: "What a courageous performance. He led today, that wasn't really our plan.
"What a fantastic performance, gee this horse has come a long way.
"He's a real bright sprinter."
While The Goodwood was the clear standout race on the card, there was a host of G3 events, too.
Li'l Kontra won the National Stakes for two-year-olds, Valac took out the Queens Cup, 100-1 chance Moor Gait claimed the SA Fillies Classic, Fastnet Tempest was too good in the RA Lee Stakes, while Lady Cosmology was victorious in the Proud Miss Stakes.
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