Underrated sprinter In The Congo dented a few reputations in the San Domenico Stakes, including Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside and Paulele.
In The Congo used his natural speed to full advantage and upset some high profile three-year-olds rivals at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
All the hype leading into the Group 3 $160,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) was about the showdown between returning Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside and last-start The Rosebud winner Paulele.
But the underrated In The Congo, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, burst out of the barriers and led throughout to claim the feature sprint from the fast-finishing Paulele and Captivant.
“We took bad luck out of the equation,’’ Bott said.
“We used that tactical speed that In The Congo has got and from the nice draw that helped.
“He didn’t necessarily have his own way throughout but I thought it was a great…