Bunbury trainer Paul Roberts will raise the bar with his classy sprinter Just Act Natural who made a successful return to racing at Belmont on Saturday.
Roberts will target the Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m) and Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie after Just Act Natural posted a dominant victory.
“That’s the plan and where we will head,” Roberts said.
“It’s one step at a time, but he deserves it.
“To me he is a lot more mature and stronger.
“He was travelling beautifully to the turn.”
Just Act Natural had not raced since defeating last week’s Bolton Sprint (1200m) winner Profit Street in May.
The Natural Blitz gelding was competently ridden by apprentice Kate Witten who stalked the leader My Greek Boy to the turn.
Just Act Natural bolted clear in the straight and comfortably accounted for Mad Brad by 1 ½ lengths with My Greek Boy third.
Roberts heaped praise on Witten who followed pre-race instructions perfectly.
“We discussed it before the race and I thought My Greek Boy would have to go forward and lead,” Roberts said.
“I said to Kate to jump and hunt him forward and if they want to come across and go stupid you take a sit.
“She did it absolutely perfectly and it was a terrific ride.”
Just Act Natural has won seven races and been placed on six occasions from 15 starts. The five-year-old boosted stake earnings to $217,225.
Chris Parnham gave racegoers a subtle reminder of his class when he booted home a race-to-race double.
Sidelined for six weeks with a foot injury, the 20-year-old partnered Dainty Pat and Faerie Whisper.
“It’s a good start and great to be back in the winner’s circle,” Parnham said.
“I was a little bit underdone coming in, but I’m all healthy and should take good benefit.
“It’s a good start to the season and I wasn’t expecting it.
“To get two wins from two rides is good.”