Lightly raced New Zealand-bred gelding Ultimate Shock (Falkirk-Star, by Danehill) made it two wins from as many starts when resuming with an easy win at Warwick Farm yesterday.
Having his first outing for the Anthony Cummings yard, and his first since winning on debut over 1200m at Wairoa in February, the 5YO son of multiple Group winner Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat) looked a smart prospect when scoring by 1.5 lengths in the TAB Rewards Handicap over 1000 metres.
"We keep learning new things about him all the time, as you would expect given he's only had one start as a five-year-old prior to today. But in a competitive environment he seems to put his best foot forward," stable foreman Edward Cummings told Sky Racing.
"I think he won a little bit better than we expected today so we may decide to give him a greater test or just keep him in his grade."
He added: "I noticed that the handicapper had him rated pretty low coming into today, and that obviously worked in our favour. So it will be interesting to see how they appraise him after today but we will just play it by ear."
By Falkirk out of the Danehill mare Star, Ultimate Shock is a grandson of the former top-class sprinting mare Desirable (Without Fear) who won three Gr1 races during the 1970s including the Newmarket Handicap and AJC Sires' Produce Stakes.
"We have to pay credit to the owner Andy Chiu who has made a habit of sending horses to us with an unusual breeding line, but nevertheless one that works very well," said Cummings.