First it was Shamus Award in the Cox Plate, now Victoria Derby hope Bring Something will be the second maiden plotting a Group 1 coup in the space of a week.
Buoyed by apprentice Chad Schofield engineering a stunning upset win on Shamus Award in Australasia's weight-for-age championship, Ken Keys is itching for Bring Something to squeeze his way into the Derby field.
The $30,000 yearling purchase languishes at 20 in the order of entry for the $1.5 million classic, putting him on the cusp of gaining a start.
A field of 16 plus four emergencies will be declared this morning.
And if the Cranbourne-based Bring Something can sneak into the field, Keys wouldn't be blamed for rating his galloper a live shot at breaking his maiden - and the trainer's own Group 1 duck - in the Derby.
Asked how he would feel come race time if Bring Something can gain a start, Keys said: "Pretty nervous. No, excited is probably a better word. We've been in decent-sized races before. It's probably not nervousness, but excitement to be a part of it."
Funnily enough, Keys was never really excited about his Derby contender on the basis of the early evidence.
Counting Golden Slipper winner Sebring as his sire, a speedy jump-and-run type was expected. A slow-learning stayer was what he got.
"We tried him early being by Sebring and he wasn't a speed horse at all," Keys said.
"We expected him to be able to run [early] and we had those hopes for him. That was never going to happen. Then we gelded him and brought him back and he started to put it together. Probably about the autumn he started to get his head around it all.
"He's improved each start, just with knowledge [of how to race] so I'm pretty happy with him."
Bring Something chased home Divine Calling and Shamus Award in last month's Stutt Stakes, a form line that looks very good after the latter cleaned up Australasia's best weight-for-age superstars.
Bookmakers have installed Bring Something a $17 chance in the Derby, with Sydneysiders Complacent and Savvy Nature topping betting at $4.
The might of Darley and the astute John O'Shea doesn't faze Keys, who said he could see "a whole lot of them" when asked about chinks in the armour of the two big guns.
And it's the return to a more spacious circuit at Flemington that is likely to suit Bring Something, fast-tracked to the Derby's gruelling 2500m trip at his first preparation.
"I think that's a real plus for us," Keys said. "Moonee Valley was a bit tight and he was very new anyway and he didn't get a chance to balance up.
"At Caulfield he raced inside horses for the first time in his career, which he was a little hesitant to do and he probably didn't let down properly.
"His first two runs were on decent-sized tracks at Seymour and Bendigo and he got to the line nicely both times. I think the spacious track will be of benefit for sure.
"And he will be a better horse in the autumn. As soon as this is over it will be very beneficial for him to have a good spell."
Which will only please owner Laurie Owens, a friend and client of Keys since he began training in the early 1980s.
"We've raced horses together forever and he's had a bit of luck along the way," Keys said. "There's gaps, obviously. [But] he's kept putting his hand up for us and horses we've bought.
"If he has any success it's all deserved."