Russian Camelot winning on debut at Ballarat (Image: Racing Photos)
Untapped stayer Russian Camelot took another step towards a Derby tilt with a head-turning jumpout at Flemington on Friday.
Although he was narrowly shaded by star colt Exceedance in the 800-metre gallop, Danny O'Brien's three-year-old tracked wide and powered through the line under jockey Damien Oliver.
O'Brien said Russian Camelot, a debut winner at Ballarat in October before a Stakes placing at Flemington during Melbourne Cup Week, could resume over 1400m at Flemington on Super Saturday.
While a tilt at the English Derby has been touted as an option for the son of Camelot, O'Brien said he was focused on preparing the colt for the South Australian Derby in May.
"Russian Camelot is a horse that has only had two starts so he's learning all the time but there's no doubt he's very talented," O'Brien said.
"Damien (Oliver) was happy with him but he still wanted to do a bit wrong.
"He accelerated nicely at the back end of it and he's a horse that will get better every time he does something.
"He'll kick off here and potentially end up in South Australia."
WATCH: The jumpout of Russian Camelot and Exceedance at Flemington
O'Brien was also buoyed by the jumpout of Vow And Declare, who remains on track to resume in the Australian Cup (2000m) next month.
Like Russian Camelot, the Melbourne Cup winner was asked to gallop well beyond the finish line of the 800-metre trial.
"His fitness is still building but he was quite sharp this morning," O'Brien added.
"He's a horse that would usually be out the back in that sort of trial but he was able to keep up with them and he obviously went on past the line.
"We were hoping to get 1000m or 1200m into him and that's what he did."
WATCH: Craig Williams rides Vow And Declare in a Flemington jumpout