The August (Image: Racing Photos)
Brent Stanley was not particularly keen to talk up The August as a spring prospect, publicly at least, before Saturday's $100,000 Eugene Gorman Handicap, but he was happy to do so after it.
The untapped colt made it two wins from as many starts when he followed up his Donald Classic victory on debut with an impressive win in the 1100-metre event at Flemington.
The son of I Am Invincible, a $150,000 purchase at last year's Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, overcame a chequered passage to score, which was what convinced Stanley that he deserves to be given his chance at better races.
"There were about three times during the race that most two-year-olds would get themselves beat, up the straight and doing a few things wrong in between them, but he's above average I think," Stanley said.
"He'll only need a few weeks out in the paddock. He'll do well, he eats his head off and he's like an older horse in the stable.
"So, he'll do well and we now just have to pin-point some races and hopefully he improves to get to them."
The August, who was heavily backed from as much as $7.50 early in the week to start the $3.30 second elect, dug deep under the urgings of Noel Callow to last by a short-half-head from Good 'N' Fast ($19) in a time of 1:03.5.
Propelle, the $3.10 favourite, was one-and-a-quarter lengths away in third position, but was reported by stewards to have pulled up lame in the near foreleg.
The August's win was the first leg of an early double for Callow, who followed his first-race success with victory aboard Remember The Name in Race 3.
The Lope de Vega filly led home a Danny O'Brien quinella when she held off stablemate Absolute Heaven to score a short-half-head win.