Star colt All Too Hard has become the first three-year-old in a decade to win the Group One C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield.
Concerns All Too Hard's racing pattern might have played against him in the small Orr field proved unfounded and he was able to round up the frontrunners to score.
Wayne Hawkes, who trains the half-brother to champion Black Caviar in partnership with his father John and brother Michael, said Saturday's victory was a relief.
"The pressure's on but you just want to keep his record in tact and make everything right," Wayne Hawkes said.
"He's not screwed down yet, he's got a fair way to go.
"Where he's going to end up we're not quite sure yet but you can't do much more than win first-up over seven furlongs."
The Group One victory was All Too Hard's second after he claimed the Caulfield Guineas in the spring.
However, it was his first for new owners Vinery Stud who purchased him from embattled owner Nathan Tinkler late last year.
Wayne Hawkes felt All Too Hard's effort to come from behind and score was particularly good given the pattern of earlier races.
"He did a good job because the way the races have been run here today they've been fairly leader biased and they haven't been coming from behind," he said.
Dwayne Dunn partnered All Too Hard to win the 1400m feature with stayer Mawingo and Perth raider Mr Moet both making good ground to fill the minor placings.
All Too Hard became the first three-year-old to beat the older horses in the Orr since Yell in 2003.