Martin and Kaye Hartnett's Illawong Bondi gave a clear message that he could be one to follow in coming weeks with a handy trial win on Tuesday night.
The two-year-old sired by Somebeachsomewhere was impressive at the Bendigo trials, posting a sub-two minute mile rate on a rain-affected track.
"We were disappointed with him at Leeton in the Breeders' Plate series but we've altered a few things and now we seem to have him on the right track," Tony said.
While "Bondi" did not get through to the Breeders Plate final, his stable-mates Tuakau Beach and Manos de Piedra ran fourth and fifth behind the smart Peter Manning-trained Easter Jolt.
So it was back to the trials for Bondi, and he didnt put a foot wrong.
The bay colt posted a mile rate of 1:59.6 with a last half of 59 seconds (final quarter 29.5) to score by two metres over the Matthew Gath-trained Swamper, with a further 20 metres back to Make Mine Joe (Glenn Douglas).
Stable stars Barimah and Irish Whisper are in at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night, Barimah in the $100,000 South Australian Pacing Cup and Irish Whisper in the $30,000 Trotters Cup.
They are flying on the training track at home - good luck to connections.