Ingratiating (inside) got the better of General Beau (Image: Racing Photos)
Godolphin stallion Frosted has made a sizeable and immediate impact on Australian racing, with the son of Tapit siring the upset winner of the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (900m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The debut win of Ingratiating saw punters take an early hit when he ran down heavily plunged favourite General Beau to give Frosted a most-notable Stakes-winning start to his career.
General Beau had been supported in from $1.80 to $1.50 by the time the Maribyrnong Trial field had jumped and while he ran well - to finish 4.5 lengths in front of the third-placed horse Cloudy - he was outgunned by the impressive Ingratiating.
So hard did General Beau try, he stumbled after the line and dislodged his rider Jamie Kah, who later reported: "He just fell over on pulling up.
"He was quite tired in the end and just couldn't pick his legs up anymore. He's probably needing the paddock now though."
Ingratiating, who was ridden by Damien Oliver, was one of the first runners for Frosted, who also sired the filly Cloudy. He stood in his first season at a fee of $38,500, with that price reduced to $22,000 this spring.
"We produce these Frosteds, one last week - The Globe - and this colt," said stable representative Sean Keogh.
"We always had a good feel for him. The guys at Crown Lodge in Sydney took him through his paces and then he came to Melbourne about six weeks ago.
"Damien was on him at the trials and he's had a good feel for him. It's a good result. When he produced, he just showed a good turn of foot.
"I think the first pair put a good few lengths to the third horse. (With Cloudy third) it was a good representation for Frosted.
"It looked like he (Ingratiating) had good natural speed but he had toughness to fight it out and the class, too. He's got plenty of scope to come and we're delighted with that."
Oliver was impressed with the performance.
"He's a little ripper," the rider said. "He pleased me in his trials. He didn't quite get it all together, but I knew he had something there.
"He jumped well today, which he hadn't done in his trials and he was a very professional horse.
"I've only ridden two of these Frosteds (sire) - a filly that ran third here at the last meeting and this bloke, and geez they're really forward and precocious types and I think this bloke has got a good future in front of him.
"(General Beau) was probably a couple of lengths in front of us and I was keeping it in my sights. It is never easy for a horse on the inside coming through, especially a young unraced horse. He responded really well.
"It's always good when they clear out from the rest and you think they're two nice colts and this horse has got a good future."