An exercise designed for little more than an education run ended up stunning the connections of Brook Road as Bart and James Cummings continued to make Kembla Grange a happy hunting ground.
A fortnight after the 12-time Melbourne Cup winner and his grandson opened their training partnership in style at Kembla, the Cummingses were at it again on the South Coast.
Only this time no-one expected it.
"I was just happy to sit there and try to teach her a bit," jockey Blake Spriggs admitted after the fillies and mares Maiden Handicap (1200 metres).
"I was actually really surprised, but I was laughing at the same time."
Added travelling foreman Nacim Dilmi: "We weren't expecting that. She's had two trials and didn't show much, with both on wet ground.
"[Saturday] was about giving her a run to show her what it's all about, but she surprised us."
And also surprised punters too, who deserted the God's Own first-starter as she drifted from $15 to $26 on track.
But after firing out of the stalls, Spriggs was afforded the opportunity to camp just behind the speed of Bjorn Baker's Caught In The Act ($7 into $3.60).
As the leader yielded ground half-way down the long Kembla straight, Spriggs angled for a run to the outside before speeding away to an ever-widening two-length win.
"She gives me the impression she'll progress to the city grade in the next couple of runs," Spriggs said.
Meanwhile, the usually reserved Guy Walter enthused about the future prospects of betting ring wobbler Gamblestown after the gelding was also successful on debut.
Forced to set out after Gai Waterhouse's tearaway leader and odds-on favourite Liberty's Choice ($1.60), Gamblestown ($4.20 to $7.50) romped home in the Maiden Handicap (1200 metres).
"I was a bit worried about Gai's, who was a bit more seasoned than him, but he could be a very nice horse," Walter said.