Young trainer Bryce Heys stamped himself as one to watch, as did his three-year-old colt Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia), which made a mess of rivals in Saturday's Merman and Sydeston Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill.
Spieth was sent out the $2.80 favourite on the back of a recent five length romp in a 1200m Class 1 at Kembla Grange, but was up in class and coming back in distance.
That mattered little after a fast pace was set up front and Sam Clipperton had the son of Thorn Park travelling sweetly back on the rails before angling clear turning for home.
There were a few anxious moments at the top of the straight, but once Spieth found the gap and balanced-up, it was a matter of finding your bookmaker, Spieth winning untouched by 1-3/4 lengths from the Gerald Ryan-trained Spill The Beans ($5) with Chris Waller's Pioneering ($5) a further length away in third.
"Couldn't have been more impressive," Clipperton said. "Sensational."
"He handled himself really well. Bounced out and got into a good rhythm.
"He didn't take a backward step when I had to push out. He took 50-metres to wind-up and then he was off and gone."
Heys only has the eight horses in work at his Warwick Farm base, but with over six years of experience as John O'Shea's right hand man, looks a budding trainer of the future.
"I need more horses but all you can do is place them like this and get them to win," Heys said.
"He's got a vicious turn of foot. That's going to hold him in brilliant stead going forward.
"He's a horse that's improving with racing. The run will bring him on. He's not a horse you can work hard at home so he does need the racing."
Spieth was sold from Trelawney Stud's 2014 NZB draft to Heys for $200,000. His 3/4 brother by Ocean Park is currently available for private purchase, to find out more contact Brent Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org