Queensland pacer Frankie Ferocious served notice he will be a serious contender in the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire with a stunning win in the Hip Pocket Castlemaine 4YO Bonanza at Melton on Saturday night
Having his first start for NSW trainer Jason Grimson, Frankie Ferocious settled three back along the pegs while the $2.50 favorite Captains Knock worked to the early lead.
Gun young driver Cameron Hart managed to extricate Frankie Ferocious away from the pegs approaching the home turn and the son of Captaintreacherous unleashed a paralyzing burst of speed to quickly gather in the leader within a couple of bounds.
The winner returned a mile rate of 1:51.6 for the 1720m journey and receives an automatic invitation into the Chariots Of Fire at Menangle.
Hart was suitably impressed by the win.
"I've been lucky enough to drive some nice ones, but this horse showed a lethal turn of foot tonight and the way he did it was pretty impressive," Hart said.
Hart conceded he needed luck from where he settled in the run.
"I would have liked a bit more speed on, but I could see the one-one horse had been tapped-up from the start of the back straight... I was hoping that I would be able to get out or use the sprint lane, and he was super once I got him into the clear," he said.
Hart believes Frankie Ferocious is a live hope in the Chariots Of Fire.
"Obviously Jason has a knack of getting everything out of every horse that he gets and with the speed he showed tonight, and up in Queensland he showed that he could do a little bit of work in the run, so he looks as though he's got most of the strings to his bow," the 24-year-old said.
Later in the night, the father and daughter team of Craig and Abbey Turnbull combined to take out the Catanach's Jewellers Mercury 80 Final with Dalvey Robyn.
Dalvey Robyn settled towards the rear of the field over the 1200m dash and Abbey Turnbull opted to pull out and make her assault on the leaders with 700m to travel after a blistering 26.6sec first quarter.
Dalvey Robyn ($10) joined in three wide around the home turn, and despite laying in over the concluding stages, managed to poke his head out on the line to score from Jillibyjacksparrow with La Captain a metre away third.
Abbey said the frantic early tempo played into the hands of Dalvey Robyn.
"When the speed was on in that first quarter, we were pretty happy," she said.
"I was pretty happy with how it was run early and how Dalvey was feeling, and it was probably a bit early to take off and he felt it a little bit late, but he was good enough to get the job done."
The six-year-old had been placed at his previous three starts and was overdue for a change of luck, according to his driver.
"We've been absolutely rapt with the way he's been going. He's just been needing a bit of luck lately and tonight we got it," she said.