Ciaron Maher’s business-as-usual approach to training and a legacy left by a pioneer of the shuttle stallion ranks has delivered a windfall result for the “forgotten horse” of the Australian Guineas.

Southport Tycoon, the lesser-fancied of Maher’s two runners in the $1 million race, responded to a precise Jamie Kah ride to beat Veight and the favourite Riff Rocket.

The victory significantly elevates Southport Tycoon’s ranking as a marketable sire prospect while marking Maher’s first Group 1 win since the departure of former co-trainer David Eustace.

Maher and Eustace trained the 2022 Australian Guineas winner Hitotsu.

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