Simon Miller’s Ascot carnival stocks were boosted when Free Mover and Dance Music scored comfortable all the way wins at Belmont on Wednesday.
Free Mover, narrowly beaten when on debut last-start, bounced back strongly to launch the first leg of a double for Miller in the Fifth Leg Maiden (1200m).
Ridden by Ben Paterson, the Unencumbered gelding was never seriously challenged at any stage of the race and scored by three lengths from Second Vita.
Dance Music, who started a raging $1.20 favourite, lived up to her rating and gave backers no cause for concern in the Hahn Superdry Handicap (1200m).
With William Pike aboard, Dance Music made it two wins from as many starts when she cruised to a 3 ¾ length victory over her nearest rival.
Miller believes Free Mover and Dance Music will give him a strong hand in feature three-year-old races at Ascot, joining highly-rated stable mates Valour Road, Lady Cosmology and Special Reward.
Miller said Free Mover, a $110,000 yearling, shapes as a WA Guineas (1600m) contender.
“He is a nice commodity with a bit of talent,” Miller said.
“He is just a bit raw and slow on the uptake.
“From one run on he has really gone on with it.
“He shapes as a WA Guineas contender.”
Miller said he was confident Dance Music could take the next step, but had yet to determine the exact path she would take.
“We will use this as a stepping stone to a Saturday race,” Miller said.
“We will get her stake money up and see where she plays over the carnival.
“She is pretty light and not much to her.
“As she gets older she will hold her condition better.
“I don’t know which way to play it.
“She is good and we could target the Champion Fillies.
“That’s the main mission or keep her fresh and keep her sprinting.
“But she is a very good filly.”