An inspired ride from jockey Lisa Allpress saw I LIKE make a bold mid-race dash and upstage his seven rivals in a Class 4 race over 1,800m on Sunday.
The $87 outsider, whose last success came in Class 5 company two runs back, was one of the best away before being tucked away in a nice spot in third.
But Allpress, obviously unhappy with the way Live In Hope (Nathan Berry) was trying to stack the speed up front, decided to press on at the 1,200m mark.
In one fell swoop, I Like scooted to the front. Giving her mount a breather, Allpress bided her time until the home turn before asking for the supreme effort from her mount.
The cause looked lost for the Michael Clements-trained gelding when Phantom Knight (Erasmus Aslam) snuck up from behind to dive for the rails gap, propelled forward by what appeared to be a greater momentum.
To compound matters further, $16 favourite Golden Lark, who battled in the early stages with his rider Alan Munro, was coming with big strides.
Phantom Knight got at least half a length ahead of I Like, but the tables were soon turned.
The Don Eduardo six-year-old raced away under Allpress' urgings to reel Phantom Knight back and got the verdict by a shorthead.
Golden Lark had every chance but peaked on his run to finish third, one and a quarter lengths away.