Gentleman Max could be on a path to the Wagga Guineas next preparation after making it back-to-back victories on November 13.
The talented three-year-old, still in his first race preparation, ran home strongly out wide at Gundagai on Friday, winning a Class 1 (1100m) by a widening two lengths.
It was Gentleman Max’s second win in a row after a similarly decisive victory at Albury eight days earlier.
The Trevor Sutherland-trained gelding, who has an impressive record of two wins and four thirds from eight starts, is likely to be targeted towards the Wagga Guineas in May next year.
Sutherland revealed Gentleman Max had always shown plenty of ability, but had taken a few runs to put it all together.
“He’s the only horse I’ve ever taken to the races without ever being given a grass gallop,” Sutherland said.
“The grass tracks were shut (over winter due to the wet weather), so that held us up a bit. He’s always been a nice horse and will be better again in six months’ time.”
Gentleman Max will almost certainly head to the spelling paddock following his win at Gundagai and be prepared for a tilt at the major Riverina carnivals in the autumn.
“I was going to turn him out after his win at Albury, but he’s thrived and kept improving every week.”
Mick Travers has ridden the son of Zariz, who was bred by part-owner Leona Watson, in both wins.