Masculino (Image: Racing Photos)
The Mick Price stable had a memorable half-hour on Saturday when Masculino won at Flemington and a filly, also carrying the colours of bloodstock manager Luke Wilkinson, easily won her maiden at Geelong.
Masculino made amends for his luckless last-start defeat in the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) by winning over 1720 metres at Flemington.
Guided to victory by apprentice Lachlan King, Masculino ($3.40 favourite) settled in fourth position before requiring the length of the Flemington straight to overrun leader Kentucky Breeze ($5) and prevail by a short head.
"He's a nice Flemington horse," Price said.
"We claimed with him off (his weight) of 60kg and I must say that kid (Lachlan King) rode him pretty good. It was pretty measured ride, he took 200 to 300 metres to get his one out, one back spot."
Masculino is expected to race through the summer months, with Price suggesting the four-year-old son of Smart Missile is looking for 2000m at his next outing.
Purchased by Wilkinson for $120,000 as a yearling, Masculino has raced 14 times for seven wins and earnings now beyond the $400,000 mark.
Masculino's victory was soon followed by three-year-old filly Oceanex, who relished the heavy conditions to win her 1700-metre maiden by 7.5 lengths.
Oceanex was placed at her first two starts at Pakenham and Yarra Valley over shorter distances prior to Saturday's breakthrough win as $1.50 favourite.
Oceanex was purchased by Wilkinson for NZ$70,000 from the 2017 NZ Bloodstock Premier yearling sale and is bred to get over ground.
She's by 2012 G1 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park out of 2005 G1 New Zealand Oaks fourth placegetter Danex.
Danex has produced 2014 G3 Rough Habit Plate winner Amexed and 2010 G1 VRC Derby fourth placegetter Digital Fortress.
The G1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm in June has been identified as a long-term aim for Oceanex.