Lightly raced Wetakemanhattan has graduated to city company with a strong on-pace win for Ballarat trainer Matt Cumani at Flemington on Saturday.
Wetakemanhattan extended his record to four wins from nine starts in the $150,000 Grand Classic Final, 2000m.
Cumani said while the race had been a target, he was surprised with the victory.
"A while back I thought 2000m would suit him, but then I thought it might not at this grade.
"He's proven me wrong and a lot of that goes down to a great ride by Jordan Childs."
Cumani said he has no immediate targets for Wetakemanhatta, which could be quite a handful pre-race, but thought there was a good race in him if he could learn to settle.
To make the win sweeter, Cumani was joined by wife Sarah and 12-week old son Massimo.
"It's not his first day at the races, that was at Burrumbeet, but it's his first day at Flemington," Cumani said.
"He's the new lucky charm from now on."