Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys has reignited the spring aspirations of Syd's Coin following the colt's dramatic return to form at Caulfield on Wednesday.
Keys intended on aiming Syd's Coin at the $2 million Caulfield Guineas this spring but was forced to abandon those plans following a succession of poor performances from the three-year-old.
But the way Syd's Coin powered home to win Wednesday's race at 1600 metres proved to Keys that distance might be what the horse is seeking.
"We were thinking of the Guineas originally but we just didn't see enough to justify it but now, on what we saw today, we can step up to an 1800-metre race at Flemington or maybe the Vase ($200,000 Group 2 over 2040m) on Cox Plate Day.
"On what we saw today, I think he'll get 2000 (metres)."
Punters had dropped off Syd's Coin after a string of unplaced efforts and the $26,000 yearling purchase went around at $21 on Wednesday.
After pouncing on the leaders out wide in the straight, jockey Linda Meech kept the son of Denman going to win by three-quarters of a length over Real Success ($7), who edged out the $51 chance Predecessor.
Keys said he was grateful for the win in the $120,000 race after having a lean time of it this spring.
"Our spring has been a bit grubby so far," he said, referring to the poor form of his best horse Spanish Reef, who again failed last Sunday when she chased the Cranbourne Cup.
"She pulled up fine but it was a plain effort so she'll go to the paddock.
"She was given a good ride the other day and nothing happened."
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