Superstorm had the hype, Platinum Bullet was heavily supported, but Neville Parnham’s filly Kay Cee stole the honours.
Launching a strong finishing burst from last position in the run home, Kay Cee won the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Plate (1300m) by a clear 1 ¾ lengths.
Kay Cee’s victory, her second from three starts, was achieved in a manner that comfortably defied her starting price of $27.30.
Ridden by Parnham’s son, Steven, she was friendless in betting with the majority of pre-race attention focused on first starter, Superstorm.
The well-bred son of Sebring is prepared by Grant and Alana Williams and is a member of owner Bob Peters’ all conquering ‘cerise and white’ army.
Combine that with three impressive trials and punters found it impossible to ignore him, sending him out on debut as the dominant $1.90 market leader.
Simon Miller’s Platinum Bullet, heavily backed from $5,50 into $3.40, was the only other runner identified as being able to upset the favourite.
The remainder of the nine-horse field were at double figure odds.
But one person who had faith in Kay Cee recording back-to-back wins was the filly’s trainer.
He believes she is going places, all the way along the path to feature Ascot carnival events.
“She is up to that mark and her last effort indicated she was a good horse,” Parnham said.
“I think she will have up to two weeks in the paddock and we will get her back for the first meeting at Ascot.
“Hopefully she can feature in races like the Burgess Queen.
“There is a lot of upside to her and we certainly haven’t got to the bottom of her.
“She is a horse going places.”
Rocky Path racked up her fifth placing from nine starts and could have closed the winning margin after she had to be steadied early in the straight.
The filly ran second ahead of Superstorm, who although beaten was now bowed, running on from the back of the field, finishing a long-neck third.