Noel Callow guides Sertorius home ahead of Escado in the Easter Cup on Saturday.Noel Callow guides Sertorius home ahead of Escado in the Easter Cup on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

The decision of training combination Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington to lower their sights paid dividends, with Sertorius enjoying a drop in grade to outstay his rivals and win the group 3 Easter Cup (2000 metres).

“We thought he was at his prime in the autumn last year and he ran second third and fourth in group ones, but he was always a length or two off them,” Edwards said.

With his regular jockey Ryan Maloney suspended, Noel Callow took over the reins and the seven-year-old needed every bit of the jockey’s renowned strength to get Sertorius over the line first at Caulfield on Saturday.

“He didn’t begin as well as I wanted so we ended up a pair further back than I planned,” Callow said. “He’s a dead set stayer this horse he just keeps keeping on.”