Unbeaten Godolphin colt Viridine is still learning his racing manners but was a class above his rivals as he took the Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
All Viridine wanted to do was run as he sat on the back of leader Shudabeen in a crawl through the first half of the 1200m. Brenton Avdulla had to wait for a run to come in the straight – but when it did, the race was over.
Viridine squeezed through the fence and then opened up a two-length margin on Single Bullet as he exploded away with stablemate Beau Geste running into third a neck away.
Avdulla had a job holding Viridine up in the early stages and was amazed he won so easily.
"He just got charging and he was very hard to handle when there was no speed," Avdulla said.
"Actually as soon as those gates open he's just locked on and again today I was in trouble for the first 400m. He just wanted to run through the bridle off a slow speed.
"It wasn't until they quickened up around the bend that he actually got into a rhythm, sure enough then I had to go. He worked through up inside them and put pay to them very quickly passed the 200m, he was pretty soft late."
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Viridine will head to the Coolmore Stud Stakes to try to get the group 1, which he needs to secure his future, but Avdulla warned he is still a risk.
"He's got a lot of ability but he can't be making these sort of mistakes when he steps up to the top grade," Avdulla said.
"He's a strong galloper, he's a serious animal, just has to learn to harness that energy and if he gets into a fast run six [furlong] that's going to be his go."
Godolphin trainer James Cummings said there was still something left in the tank with Viridine, which has been screwed for his Heritage Stakes win or on Saturday.
That will wait for Flemington and the group 1 in the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby.
"It's all a game to him. He's just got so much speed within himself," Cummings said. "He was produced first up not wound right up, he wasn't wound right up today and we've got a month to go to the Coolmore if that is the way we decide to take and I dare say there is a little more improvement there, certainly a lot more that he can do right to get the job done.
"They crawled the first 600m. I don't think I've seen a horse pull that hard at Randwick and still put them away with so much ease over the concluding stages."
Tye Angland, who rode Single Bullet, summed up how good Viridine might be.
"He went super but ran into a very smart one," he said.