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Rock-star reception for King after Spy mission

Tulloch Lodge three-year-old Invincible Spy upset the Classic hopes of several of his rivals with an all-the-way win in the Wilson Asset Management Handicap (1800m).

One of only three of the 13 runners not nominated for either the Queensland Oaks or Derby, Invincible Spy outpaced his opposition to pass his first test beyond a mile with flying colours.

Rachel King was given a rock-star reception on her return to scale, the jockey understandably popular with owners the Australian Chinese Jockey Club.

"I've won a Group One for them before, a lot of them were in Knights Order and Military Mission," King said. "I think nearly every good winner I've had for Gai [Waterhouse] and Adrian [Bott], they've been in."

Invincible Spy ($10) made light of his 59kg top weight to win by a half-length over the Chris Waller-trained Concello ($13), who was doing her best work at the finish, with Ravello ($18) the same margin away third.

Waller's assistant Charlie Duckworth said Concello would almost certainly press on to the Queensland Oaks in two weeks after going down narrowly.

"I'd say we will have to venture up because ultimately, they're only three once and she is looking for distance," Duckworth said.

"She's got enough prizemoney to get in, it's hard enough to get to these races and time-wise it works out perfectly."

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