Patrickthepiranha is back on course for April's WA Derby after taking out the Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Patrickthepiranha made the most of landing barrier one to make it seven wins on the bounce, much to the delight of trainer Colin Brown.
However, plenty of credit also has to go to reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green, who had to urge Patrickthepiranha over the line as Eloquent Mach came with a strong finish and threatened to steal the show.
Gee Jay Kay finished third, while other star three-year-old's Shockwave and Franco Edward were unplaced from the tough draws.
Patrickthepiranha rated 1.56.1 and ran home in a time of 57.5, and Egerton-Green was pleased with the performance.
"We got it our own way," he told reporters. "He wasn't fully wound up and we've probably got a little bit more work to do.
"I probably got a bit busy on him late, but that was probably more my fault because he switched off.
"He hasn't started for a month and the other horses are race fit. When anything comes near him, I think he'll put his mind to it."
Meanwhile, in the other feature event of the night, the Group 2 RWWA Cup, Handsandwheels took the honours.
The 2017 WA Derby winner swept to the front on the turn for home and held on by a head over Always Arjay, who took second place.
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