Tropezina on the way to victory at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) at Flemington assembled a curious mix of three-year-olds.
The Stakes-performed trio of Prairie Fire, Ollivander and Thorondor were all at the top of the weights but out of form.
And then there were four last-start winners, three of those at maiden level.
The winner was the only last-start winner outside of maiden company - Tropezina.
Trained by Henry Dwyer and ridden by Ben Melham, Tropezina ($7.50) led throughout, fending off the challenge of the swooping Beerz With Clint ($6.50) by a head. Prairie Fire ($19) finished third, a further half length away when on debut for Lindsay Park.
"We just had to contain her speed stepping out to the 1100 metres up the straight," Melham explained.
"She handled herself really well the first couple of furlongs, we increased marginally midway and she let down really well.
"I don't know if she wants further but she did the job today."
Maree McEwan, representative for the Dwyer stable, described the filly as being 'terrific' and 'very game'.
The three-year-old daughter of Epaulette is expected to have her next start in the $160,000 Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies at Caulfield on February 9.
"The owners are breeders so it would be great to get some black type with her," McEwan said.
Of those unplaced, Thorondor ($3 favourite) briefly loomed up but weakened into sixth while Ollivander ($7), who was first-up after being gelded, dropped out from his trailing position to finish last.