A SMALL stable was celebrating big last night after claiming the last race.
Liveforthemoment had his excited connections savouring the moment after taking out the 0-68 handicap (1000m) with champion jockey Damien Oliver on board.
The three-year-old gelding is one of three horses Mornington trainer Jane Baker has in work.
"We come here every year and we love it," Baker said.
"We're only a small stable so to come here and just have a runner, let alone win a race, is just fantastic."
Liveforthemoment is Baker's breakthrough May Racing Carnival winner and only her third starter at the famous three-day event.
"I had a runner here three years ago in a novice hurdle which came second. I had another runner here today and then I had this one," she said yesterday.
"It's always a good carnival."
Baker was reasonably confident about Liveforthemoment's chances yesterday after a strong trial at Casterton just over a fortnight ago.
"He's also done very well this week and when you've got someone like Damien Oliver on board, it helps," she said.
"I'm not sure what's next for him. There's a few things in the pipeline but we'll just see how he comes up.
"He might go to town for some restricted races."
Oliver, who thanked Liveforthemoment's ($7) usual jockey Matthew Allen post-race, said the gelding saved ground on the last turn.
"He was a bit lost when he hit the front but he boxed on well," he said.
Second by a long neck was Clinton McDonald's Forty Thirty ($31), which was partnered by another top jockey in Glen Boss, while a short neck back in third was the Chris Oxlade-trained Zirconi Aspen ($51).