First season sire Excellent Art produced a heavily backed, and impressive, debut winner in Blackman at Geelong on Tuesday.
Trained by David Hayes, the two year-old was tackling older horses, always a tough task with the juveniles, but it didn't stop the punters stepping in to see her start a short priced favourite, and it didn't stop the horse.
After showing good early pace to share the lead, the filly accelerated coming to home turn and kept going strongly to the line to win comfortably and in the manner of a horse that is going to win better races.
Winning trainer David Hayes has a good opinion of his charge; "She is still very raw, but she's always shown us nice ability and is a filly with potential. We were hopeful that she'd go close today after her promising trial last week and she looks capable at making her mark at a higher level in due course."
Offered by Avoca Park Stud And Agistment at the 2011 Magic Million Perth Yearling Sale, Blackman was knocked down to Mark Pilkington for $35,000 in what may be a bargain.
The filly is from Busty , an unraced half-sister by Danzero to Gr2 placed One In A Million who retired prematurely due to injury, and gave the impression somewhat unfulfilled.
Interestingly she has been an instant success at stud too, leaving the stakeswinning Shamillion with her first foal.
Blackman was the third winner for Excellent Art (pictured) this season who is set to stand the new season at Coolmore on a fee of $8,800.