Classy gelding Material Man made the perfect start to his winter campaign when he won the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday.
At his first start since winning the Perth Cup (2400m) in January, Material Man landed the opening leg of a feature race treble in the $150,000 Belmont Sprint.
Trained by Justin Warwick and ridden by his daughter, Lucy, Material Man charged home from midfield and overhauled Great Shot with 50m remaining.
The son of Vital Equine defeated Great Shot, who sat outside of the leader Battle Hero, by 1 ½ lengths with Pounamu making up ground to finish third.
Material Man started a $3.10 favourite and improved his record to 12 wins and five placings from 21 starts with prize money of $1, 131,075.
Material Man gave the Warwick’s their second Belmont Sprint after glamour mare Wink And A Nod was successful two years ago.
Material Man will contest the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) on June 16 and the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) two weeks later.
“We are very lucky to have a horse with his ability,” Warwick said.
“We have plenty horses at home that make you doubt yourself.
“I expected him to go really well and I couldn’t see how he could run a bad race, but you don’t know where your opposition are at.
“He’s got a really good motor and his margin for error is huge.”
Meanwhile Enticing Star enhanced her reputation as a budding star when she maintained her unbeaten sequence in the Schweppes Handicap (1300m).
Unleashing her withering sprint from eighth position at the turn, she had the field covered by the 100m, scoring by one length over In Love With Paris.
Handing Adam Durrant the third leg of a training treble, the Testa Rossa mare has not tasted defeat in six career starts.
Owner Bob Peters indicated she would have one more run this preparation before targeting major races at Ascot later in the year.