It took a phone call out of the blue for him to land a Chris Waller cast-off, but Kerry Parker is quietly enthusiastic about Scorpio Queen's spring plans.
Having forged his reputation on helping turn around problem gallopers, the Kembla Grange trainer has another test case in the form of the "feisty" five-year-old.
"It was just a phone call out of the blue," Parker said of his latest stable acquisition.
"[One of the owners] had done some homework and asked around and a few people had thrown my name in the hat. It just ended she came up here.
"She arrived with a few little injuries that we're trying to treat and monitor.
"I'll know more as we go through and I'm still learning about her, [but] I'm very happy with what she's showed us so far."
So much so Parker has even thrown in a nomination for the Epsom Handicap (1600 metres) with a horse which looms as his carnival X-factor.
Scorpio Queen, a winner on Magic Millions day last year, also holds a Caulfield Cup (2400 metres) entry.
The stakes winner hit the line strongly behind Waller's Hidden Kisses in her first run for Parker in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300 metres) last weekend.
"I suppose her main aim is something like the Tibbie [Stakes], which could be a nice race for her on a bigger track [at Newcastle]," Parker said. "She'll go to the Mona Lisa next and from there into the Tibbie.
"After that you either go into the Epsom if she's going well enough. That is just a nom and there's also a mile mares race at the end of the carnival called the Angst [Stakes].
"The carnival caters quite well for mares races and she can stay in her grade and we'll have a look from there whether she goes to Melbourne or not, depending on how she copes with the prep."
Scorpio Queen has also proved somewhat of a problem on the training track too.
"I do have to give [foreman] Casey [Dredge] a big rap as he rides her in her work and she's not an easy horse to ride," Parker said.
"I think they had a lot of trouble with her in Sydney and she's very aggressive in her work.
"He's done a really good job on her. She's still really feisty, but he's getting there with her."
Fellow Kembla Grange gallopers Alma's Fury (Paul Murray) and Darci Be Good (Bede Murray) are also among the Epsom nominations.
Parker has Aliyana Tilde and Planet Purple in The Metropolitan entries, while Gwenda Markwell has Agent Bauer and Peal Of Bells.