Troy Corstens will consider raising the bar again with lightly raced three-year-old Morrissy after the colt raced to a determined victory at Caulfield.
The three-year-old stepped up in Saturday's Robert Taranto Handicap (1200m) against his own age at Caulfield and after sitting wide on the pace he dug in for the fight in the straight to win by 1-1/4-lengths.
“I always thought he was a really good horse,” said Troy Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father Leon.
“Just his first two runs this preparation made me think a bit, but it was good to see him do that today.
“He sat four wide and did a few things wrong still, but he was fantastic.
Corstens praised a couple of his staff, Dom Sutton and Eddie Cassar, who he said had done plenty of work with Morrissy on the training track.
The Group Two Euclase (1200m) for three-year-olds at Morphettville on May 4 is also an option for Morrissy's stablemate Thrillster, who made her return for the first time since last spring with a close second to Graceful Storm in Saturday's Geoff Murphy Handicap (1100m).
Corstens said Thrillster had improvement to come and would likely run next in either the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) or the Euclase, which are on the same program.