Chris Waller believes Kermadec can be competitive against the best of his age group next autumn after a strong win in the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington.
The lightly raced galloper improved his record to two wins from three starts by downing dual stakes winner Stratum Star and Manhattan Avenue.
Kermadec, by Teofilo out of Fuji Kiseiki mare Hy Fuji, was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2013 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale.
“You have to got to introduce them to the big boys game, you can’t keep them in cotton wool at home,” Waller said.
“Today was a big step forward for him and we can start thinking about the autumn with him.
“I’ve always liked his action, he has a beautiful, flowing action that you see in good horses.
“He has a long way to go but he’s ticking a few boxes.”
Ridden by Blake Shinn, Kermadec was able to settle closer to the leaders and was very strong at the end of the 1600m contest.
“Blake got Kermadec to travel beautifully,” Waller said. “On these big days, it all comes down to the good rides — there is no room for error.
“The autumn comes around so quick and this horse is good enough to be in the autumn.
“The Sandown Guineas is a great race but at this stage I want to spell him and have a crack at the autumn.”