Noble Protector secured a late-entry to the $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes in Sydney with a bold all-the-way victory in the $200,000 William Hill Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, reports Racing Victoria.

In an effort reminiscent of the race’s dual Cox Plate winning namesake, Noble Protector controlled the race from the front, running her rivals ragged to secure dominant victory around the tight Moonee Valley circuit.

It was an effort that pleased trainer Robert Smerdon, who was happy to see his free-rolling international import stride to the front from barrier one.

“If she stepped, she was always going to be prominent. We just wanted to take luck out of the equation,” Smerdon said.

“She’s in good shape. We’ve just got to keep her together and get her there (Sydney) as well as she was tonight and I’m sure she’ll be very competitive.”

Noble Protector will be spelled after her run in next fortnight’s Queen of the Turf Stakes with an eye to the 2015 Spring Carnival.