Never judge a book by its cover.  That could well apply to Alana Williams who bred, owns and prepares, Chocolate Holic.

But in fairness to the accomplished Williams, as a yearling, Chocolate Holic failed to show qualities that would inspire or instil confidence.

That perception only grew when the Blackfriars gelding damaged a suspensory ahead of his race track debut, keeping him out of racing for a year.

But fast forward 12-months and Chocolate Holic has emerged as a Group One prospect for Williams and her co-trainer, husband, Grant Williams.

Chocolate Holic has never finished out of the money, winning six races and being placed twice from eight starts since debuting at Bunbury this year.

However; the highlight and exclamation point came on Sunday when he produced his trademark finish to win the Listed XXXX-Gold Northam Cup (1600m).

The barnstorming victory not only gave him maiden black-type status and boosted stake earnings to $235,275, it’s raised the expectations of the William’s.

From modest and humble beginnings, Chocolate Holic is on track to contest WA racing’s premier race, the $1million Railway Stakes (1600m) in November.

”Early days he was a nice horse, but he didn’t feel any good at the breakers and there was no rap on him,” Alana Williams told The Sports Daily on TABradio.

“He never felt like a good horse, but goes like one.

“I had no aspirations to go where we are headed now.

“But he is going so good I would be silly not to have a shot at it.

“Every time I have popped the question and put him in something harder he answered the question.

“But I never thought he would get this far, definitely not.

“He has been a huge surprise packet and we might not get another one like him.

“We will enjoy it while we can.”

Julio Santarelli