Settle Strada today became the first winner of all four winter sprints when he stormed away to an effortless win in the Goodwood Sprint (1300m) at Belmont Park.
The powerhouse bay gave his backers who took the $1.24 odds no doubt victory was at hand when jockey Patrick Carbery jumped him to an easy lead of the six horse field upon jumping in the weight-for-age feature.
Carbery nursed Settle Strada into the straight before kicking away by two lengths, running home under no threat a comfortable 2-3/4 length winner in the $100,000 listed race, with the only action happening behind when staying mares Talent Show and Miss Tipsy Topsy fought out the minor placings.
It was a further 3-3/4 lengths back to The Entourage, who did not clear the gates well, finishing fourth.
Trainer David Harrison said Settle Strada was still a chance to run in next month's $100,000 Tabmobi.com Hannan's Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie, but the handicapper would determine whether his five-year-old would contest the Goldfields' richest sprint over the round in mid September.
Interest in the Goodwood was detracted with the scratchings of Zester and Vermeer.
Settle Strada has now won the Beaufine Stakes (1200m), H G Bolton Sprint (1200m), Belmont Newmarket (1200m) and Goodwood Sprint.
It was the first time the Bolton was run in the winter this year, after being shifted from the autumn where it was a lead up into the Roma Cup (1200m).
Harrison is still keen to run in next Saturday week's $100,000 Farnley Stakes (1400m), where under the handicap conditions he is likely to be at the top of the weight scale."He relaxed pretty good in front," Harrison said. "I was happy when The Entourage missed the kick.
"He has led all of the way over 1400m in the past but he is a better horse by sitting.
"You are not going to get another $100,000 race laid out for him like that.
"It was an easy one for him.
"It depends on the weight he gets in the Farnley and the Hannan's as to whether he goes on."
Harrison has not ruled out giving the son of Strada a light break and bringing him back for a campaign at feature sprints at Ascot in the late spring.
"He had a couple of runs at Ascot and he never did much but he was a real stress head then."If he gets too much weight I may have a go at some of the bigger races over the Ascot carnival because he is a much more relaxed galloper now."