Multi-million dollar colt Kandinsky Abstract, the brother of star sprinting mare Sunlight, made a debut statement at Canterbury on Wednesday.
He has now put himself in the frame for a Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes tilt.
The Zoustar colt out of Solar Charged, which went under the hammer for $3m at the 2022 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, paid back a small portion of his sale price with an ominous performance at his first start.
Owned by several breeding heavyweights including Coolmore, Kandinsky Abstract was given a 10 out of 10 steer from leading jockey James McDonald in the All Too Hard @ Vinery Stud Plate (1200m).
McDonald burrowed his way out of a pocket at the 200m mark before Kandinsky Abstract ($3.90) surged clear to beat the Les Bridge-trained Celestial Legend ($18) by 1¼ lengths with Peter and Paul Snowdens' Vomo Island ($2.35 favourite) in third.
"He was good," McDonald said.
"He obviously got babysat the whole race and by a few jockeys on the corner but he was going pretty well to get out.
"I think he is a very nice animal. He moves extremely well with a great demeanour so he is in for a bright future.
"I just loved the way he executed his gallop. He relaxed well behind the pace and showed a very good turn of foot."
Waller wasn't on track to see the triumph but stable representative Damien Fitton confirmed a JJ Atkins Stakes assault was being considered however a final decision had yet to be made.
Kandinsky Abstract opened as a $51 chance in JJ Atkins Stakes betting with TAB on Wednesday morning but was quickly shortened into $15 before he even lined up at Canterbury on Wednesday.