Stepping up to 2200 metres third-up at Warwick Farm proved a winning formula for lightly-raced stayer Last Wish on Wednesday.

Last Wish, trained by Tony McEvoy, put the writing on the wall last start at Rosehill over 1800 metres with a sound fifth before prevailing in the Benchmark 72 contest.

Jockey Sam Clipperton positioned the horse towards the tail of the small field and had a lovely cart into the race trailing the favourite, before coming widest on the turn.

The son of Guillotine changed strides a couple of times in the straight but gained the upper hand over the concluding stages to win by a long head.

The result marked Proven Thoroughbreds’ 17th winner for the calendar year. Ten of those wins were at metropolitan level, including three stakes successes.

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