Black type racing awaits Dark Confidant (Pierro) after her overdue maiden victory at Cranbourne.
Dark Confidant broke through for her first win at her fourth start in a 1400m maiden and holds a nomination for the G1 Thousand Guineas.
Co-trainer Ben Hayes felt the Group 1 race on October 13 might come up too soon for the filly, but she was open to substantial improvement this preparation.
"It’s fantastic to get this win today because we think she will be a really nice filly over a distance. We think she's up to city class over the spring," Hayes said.
"We think she'll be a really nice filly over a distance." - Ben Hayes on Dark Confidant
"We think a race like the (G3) Ethereal (S.) might suit. We've always had a good opinion of her at home."
She only won by a narrow margin but jockey Regan Bayliss sees a lot of promise, especially up in distance.
"I think you'll see an even better turn of foot once she gets up over those longer distances," he said.
"We've always had a good opinion of her at home." - Ben Hayes
A $95,000 buy at the 2017 Magic Millions by JHB Syndications and Lindsay Park Racing, Dark Confidant is out of the stakes-placed mare Little Miss Smiley. Her younger half-sister by Zoffany sold for $65,000 at this year's Karaka Yearling Sales.