Fifth in the Group I New Zealand 2,000 Guineas, Dream Ahead (USA) (pictured above) colt Sensei showed he was on track for more success with an easy win at Wingatui in New Zealand on Boxing Day.
The Michael and Matthew Pitman-trained three-year-old over-raced early in the 1200 metre sprint before settling and the handsome colt then knuckled down to his task in the straight.
Sensei powered clear to win by two lengths taking his overall record to four wins and five placings from 11 starts
A $60,000 Inglis Easter purchase for his trainer from the Emirates Park draft, Sensei runs for a big group of owners and has already been stakes-placed previously with bigger goals now in store.
Sensei will head north for either the Group I Grant Plumbing Levin Classic (1600m) on January 13 or the Group I JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) a week later.
Bred by Emirates Park, Sensei is a half-brother to Group II BRC Queensland Guineas winner Rothesay and is one of five winners Schiaprelli, a half-sister to stakes-winners Causeway Lass and Astute Angel from triple Group I winner Canny Lass.
The family has enjoyed prolific success at the highest level and also features Golden Slipper winners Sepoy and Canny Lad, as well as Group I fillies Guelph, Camarilla and Camarena.
Schiaparelli has a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock and produced a colt foal by Artie Schiller (USA) in September.
Sensei looms as a future stakes-winner for Aquis Farm’s Dream Ahead, who has entries in upcoming sales with six for Magic Millions, 13 for Inglis Classic and two for Inglis Premier.