GAFFA broke through to showcase what his stable believes will be an exciting career when he won at Walcha on Friday.
The Stephen Jones-trained Scone gelding finished too well for his opposition to capture the Kings Pharmacy & Walcha Vet Supplies Maiden Plate (1440m) by a half-length from Stirling Osland’s Indisputable.
Sue Grills’ Rockatoo was a short neck away third.
Gaffa is a three-year-old chestnut son of Sizzling.
He’d finished unplaced at his first two starts, a debut fifth in the Silver Goblet at Dubbo followed by a sixth over 1100m at Scone.
However, he’d always impressed Jones and stable foreman Darren Egan.
And, Egan was on hand to see the gelding break through this week.
“He was a lot better than them,” he said of the gelding after his maiden triumph.
“He’s going to go a long way this horse.
“He is going to get a lot further, too.
“He’ll get a mile or more.”
Jake Hull rode Gaffa and is positive the galloper will also go further.
“He’s a 2000m horse for sure,” he said as he returned to the winner’s stall.
He was patient on the gelding and bided his time before launching late.
Egan said Gaffa will go to a Class 1 somewhere and “let him go through his grades”.
“He’ll make a Highway horse, too,” he reckoned.