Shared Ambition winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
When markets for the 2020 Melbourne Cup are released at the conclusion of Melbourne Cup Day 2019, chances are Shared Ambition will feature prominently.
The Northern Hemisphere three-year-old has won his past five starts and is unbeaten from three Australian outings for champion trainer Chris Waller.
Shared Ambition exited Werribee's quarantine centre at the end of August and has flourished in his new surrounds, winning twice at Caulfield before claiming Tuesday's $135,000 The Macca's Run (2800m) at Flemington.
Nash Rawiller retained the ride aboard Shared Ambition and rewarded connections for their faith with a perfect steer.
Shared Ambition ($1.50 favourite) settled four back on the rail, racing keenly off the slow pace, but didn't go around another horse in securing victory by 1.25 lengths. Creedence ($26) ran second with May's Galleywood Hurdle winner Big Blue ($26) a further three-quarters of a length away in third.
"I think he's pretty handy," Waller said with more than a hint of understatement.
"The beauty of having a jockey like Nash on, he was back in an awkward position but it ended up opening up for him.
"It looks like the riders are trying to stay off the fence. Maybe it's a little bit slower there but it's still the shortest way around."
WATCH: Hear from Waller
Rawiller suggested that Shared Ambition almost brought himself undone with his mid-race manners.
"He really pulled hard today for most of the race, I think he has done an amazing job because his run sort of petered out at the 100 metres but he was entitled to do it at the 400-metre mark with the way he travelled," Rawiller said.
Waller says Shared Ambition will be spelled ahead of next year, anticipating the son of Born To Sea will return 'bigger and stronger'.
"I think that is the exciting part, that'll tell us how far we'll get," Waller said.
"He's only a little fella but he's only three (years old). There's a lot still to come, I think the more he furnishes the better he'll get.
"He's a really good horse but I don't know how good he could be. Being a Northern Hemisphere horse, I think there is still a lot of upside.
"We've asked him a couple of serious questions and he hasn't let us down. We have the luxury of dreaming what may be ahead in 12 months' time."
WATCH: Shared Ambition's win