If Jokers Grin can reach anywhere near the heights of his brother, Cup Night, then trainer Bernie Miller and connections of the three-year-old are in for an exciting journey.

So far, from a small sample size, just the three starts, Jokers Grin is looing the goods and if he continues on an upward spiral a bright future is being tipped for the gelding.

Jokers Grin started the McMahon Handicap (1000m) at Belmont on Wednesday as a red-hot $1.70 favourite and lived up to the market hype with a sizzling finish from last.

The son of Maschino, with Pat Carbery in the saddle, never looked like getting beaten and romped away to a 1 ½ length victory over Silver Eye with Scorpion Ruler third.

Jokers Grin came under the notice of punters after producing a similar whirlwind finish when successful in a 1000m Northam maiden two weeks ago.

Miller, who was all smiles after the race, predicts a bright future for Jokers Grin.

“It’s very pleasing, it’s exciting,” Miller said.

“It was good to see him finish off again today (Wednesday).

“It showed us again he has the ability there, we just have to be very, very patient.”

Miller said a change of tactics has reaped dividends for Jokers Grin.

Going back to last and allowing him to settle and find his rhythm has been pivotal to his wins.

The switch came after he went forward and got trapped wide in running when fourth on debut at Belmont last month.

“That’s the way you have got to ride him,” Miller said.

“Patty (Carbery) was switched on to that pretty early.

“Don’t make him a speedy squib.

“Patty said drop him back to a 1000m and that’s what he did,

“We teach them early to fall out the gates, find their rhythm, feel comfortable, that’s how we teach them.

“That’s the way it’s going to be now.

“I can’t thank Patty Carbery enough for his help and advice throughout the years.”

After two goes at Belmont midweek and one at Northam to begin his racing journey, Miller said Jokers Grin is ready to take the next step.

“In about two or three weeks there’s another race for him on a Saturday,” Miller said.

“Let’s see how he comes through that and I’m quite confident he’ll run good if we decide to go there.”

Miller says there are similar traits between Cup Night and Jokers Grin.

Cup Night was forced into early retirement because of feet issues and bowed out of racing two years ago with nine wins and half a million dollars in prizemoney.

A dual Listed winner of the Raconteur Stakes (1400m) and Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m), his signature victory was the Group 3 Northam Stakes (1100m).

Julio Santarelli