The first two races at Cranbourne on Friday night were won in contrasting, but equally impressive fashion by two up and coming three year-old stayers.
Saluting in the first race was the Peter Moody trained colt Correggio, who carried the Coolmore colours to a facile four length win in the 2080 metre maiden.
Placed at his only three previous runs, Correggio was sent out favourite and ridden a confident race by Luke Nolen, who had him in front and travelling like a winner a long way from home.
Entered for the Group I VRC Victoria Derby, Correggio was a $250,000 purchase from the Pencarrow Stud draft at the 2011 NZB Select Yearling Sale making him the second most expensive yearling from the first crop of Coolmore's Group I winning miler Excellent Art (GB).
Correggio (pictured as a yearling) is a half-brother to Group II winner Fears Nothing and is the second winner for Sadler's Wells mare Magical Moment (GB), who comes from the family of Group I winners Continent and Zambezi Sun.
Making a huge impression when scoring on debut in the next race was the Mick Kent trained High Shot, a three year-old colt by High Chaparral (IRE).
Ridden a patient race by Brad Rawiller, High Shot settled at the tail of the field before unleashing an electrifying finishing burst to charge home and win the 1400 metre maiden by three parts of a length.
A $600,000 NZB Premier purchase from the draft of Winsor Park Stud, High Shot (pictured as a yearling) was the third highest priced yearling for his sire in 2011 and is a full brother to Group III winner Fairy Oak from the Sir Tristram (IRE) mare Queen Caelia, a half-sister to Group I winners Field Dancer and Just a Dancer.
The Victoria Derby will come up too fast for this one, but make a note of him for the autumn!