Connections of Express Pass after winning the VOBIS Gold Comet at Flemington Racecourse on March 19, 2022 in Flemington, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The inaugural $230,000 Vobis Gold Comet (1000m) was run at Flemington on All-Star Mile raceday, with five-year-old WANDJINA gelding EXPRESS PASS reigning supreme over consistent galloper Zorro’s Dream.

It was a small, but classy field that took to the Flemington straight, with just a long head proving the decisive margin between Express Pass and Zorro’s Dream.

Six-year-old Fine Dane was less than two lengths away in third spot while stakes winner SIRIUS SUSPECT held on for fourth.

Express Pass, trained out of the flying Nick Ryan stable and ridden by Rhys McLeod, took his prizemoney over the $500,000 barrier from just six career wins, many thanks to the Vobis prizemoney on offer in Victoria.

Express Pass’ sire in Wandjina stands at Larneuk Stud for just $8,800, being an Australian Guineas winner and a proper Group One performer, his sons and daughters have shown plenty of ability on the track.

He has produced stakes winners including Newcastle Sprint winner WANDABAA, Singapore Sprint winner TIGER ROAR, Skyline Stakes winner MAMARAGAN and of course this gelding, the winner of the Chautauqua Stakes.

Bred by Pepac Atf Ept, Mr K Brown, Mr M Matthews, Mr B White, he was originally sold at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Vobis Gold Yearling Sale for just $38,000, a price that now clearly looks a bargain.

Express Pass has given his owners a ride to remember and it is not set to end yet, having missed the money just nine times from his 22 starts.