Prying Tom has bounded into contention for a Goldfields double after continuing his hot winning streak at Belmont on Saturday.
The Sharon Miller-trained six-year-old, ridden by Alan Kennedy, posted his fourth straight win in the Magic Millions Handicap (2200m).
Starting the $2.60 second favourite, Prying Tom sat fifth and ran on strongly to snatch the lead over the final 50 metres.
A son of Perth Cup champion Black Tom, he defeated favourite State Prosecutor by a half-length with Dark Musket close up in third.
Miller said with maturity Prying Tom was delivering on his potential.
“He is going really nice,” Miller said.
“He has always shown us a lot of ability, even as an early horse before he went amiss.
“But as he has matured and grown he has got sound again and now he is away.”
Prying Tom improved his record to nine wins and five placings from 26 starts with prize money approaching $300,000.
Miller confirmed the in-form gelding was a likely starter in the $100,000 Listed Boulder Cup (2100m) on September 23 and the $130,000 Listed Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on October 6.
“We can start thinking about Kalgoorlie and that is the plan,” said Miller, who prepared Shinta Mani to win last year’s Kalgoorlie Cup.
“That is where we are probably heading if he pulls up ok.
“He just has to travel up there because he can be a little bit of a funny horse.
“He is probably going to run into similar horses as today. (Saturday).
“You don’t know how it will pan out until you go there.
“But he is going really good.”