O'Hara's first Group 1 victory

John O'Hara (left, with jockey Manoel Nunes).

Trainer John O'Hara scored the biggest win of his career with his three-fromthree hero SPALATO, who lifted the Group 1 Patron's Bowl by a mere shorthead from Stepitup yesterday.

Said O'Hara: "Feels fantastic. Winning a Group 1 is the dream, and congratulations to the owner. He's a great supporter of local racing and he deserves a good horse like this, and a good win.

"Nunes gave him a dream of a ride, never pressured him and pushed the button at the right time."

Spalato is owned by Graham Mackie of Christopher G-Stable, which is doing very well this year.