The Ciaron Maher-trained Naantali (Rip Van Winkle) has defied a tough run to score in maiden company at Cranbourne on Wednesday and looks destined for better things.
The three-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle (IRE) was no closer than four-wide throughout yet continued to find on debut over 1200m.
"I probably couldn't have had a worse run in the race, but today she's just won on class," rider Michael Dee said.
"She's still very new and got a lot of learning to do. I think she's got a lot of ability."
Naantali was a $180,000 purchase by Maher from Windsor Park Stud's draft at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale and runs for Greg Perry's Greenwich Stud Pty Ltd.
Naantali is out of the Zabeel mare Zaloot, a half-sister to Group II winner Flying Pegasus from Group II winner Cashier.