Runner-up to Pear Tart in the Group II BRC Queensland Guineas at his last run before spelling, Darley homebred Free Wheeling resumed from a break to score a stylish win in the Listed MRC Heading Out Hair and Beauty Stakes.
The Peter Snowden trained four year-old son of Ad Valorem (USA) was tuned up with a recent barrier trial win in Sydney and arrived in Melbourne ready to fire.
Ridden a perfect race by Hugh Bowman, Free Wheeling enjoyed a good run in transit and powered to the line to win the 1200 metre sprint by a length and a half, his overall record now three wins and four placings from 12 starts with prizemoney in excess of $385,000.
"I was quietly confident throughout and I think he's in for a good campaign," said Peter Snowden, who indicated the entire will be aimed towards the Group I VRC Emirates Stakes on the last day of the Flemington carnival.
"He's a nice horse and I think there is a good race in him."
Already a stakes-winner having won the Group II BRC Champagne Stakes at two, Free Wheeling is the best of four winners from Miss Carefree, a grand-daughter of champion filly Toltrice, from the family of Group I winners Red Dazzler and Keltrice.
Miss Carefree was on-sold by Darley in 2009 for $9,500 at an Inglis Mixed Sale and bought by Damian White Bloodstock. She missed last year so has no foal this spring, but does have a yearling colt by Real Saga.
Free Wheeling is the best of seven stakes-winners by Danzig's Group I winning son Ad Valorem(pictured), who stands at Darley at a fee of $16,500.