The Gai Waterhouse-trained Hippopus (6g, High Chaparral ex Straight Eight) led all the way to land Sunday's Listed $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m) and break a long run of outs.
Windsor Park-bred Hippopus led all the way to win the Canberra Cup. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Tim Clark was quick to settle Hippopus in front and proceeded to enjoy an uncontested lead with just 54 kilograms.
Clark increased the speed passing the 600m and opened up a break around the home turn. Hippopus ($10) responded and galloped all the way to the line, comfortably holding Off The Rails (16) to score by 2 1/4-lengths with Centre Pivot ($3.50) a further 1 1/2-lengths away third.
Hippopus finished sixth last time out behind Arab Dawn in the Parramatta Cup but with the benefit of that run registered his first win since the VRC St Leger in 2013.
Arab Dawn started the $2.25 favourite in the Canberra Cup and was hung up in traffic between horses before the home turn and only in clear room once the race developed into a sprint home.