Royal Celebration has confirmed his status as a future star with his second consecutive victory after a sequence of seconds behind a couple of promising three-year-olds and one star.
Trained by the astute Ron Quinton, Royal Celebration ($2.15 favourite) was taken back early behind the speed set by Baller and stormed home to catch Coterie ($7.50) and win Saturday's ATC Membership Handicap (1400m) by a long head.
“It's hard to know how far he can go but he did run second to The Autumn Sun,” Quinton said.
“And when you talk of The Autumn Sun, I think he's the next best horse we will have in Australia.
“This bloke is still learning and has more improvement to come.
“I'll put him away now for a short break and he will come back in the autumn.
“There's a million-dollar Inglis race in February which he will run in fresh and then we'll see after that.”
“He get's $58,000 for winning this race and another $38,000 BOBS bonus,” he said.
“It's unbelievable and this way he doesn't need the stress of travel.”
His jockey Andrew Adkins also believes the colt can be a future star.
“He was really good today and just gets better,” he said.