Whether it happens this year or the next, co-trainer Natalie Young believes Shaiyhar is capable of taking on the $8.4 million Lexus Melbourne Cup after notching a second victory at Flemington.
Imported from France earlier in 2023 with feature Australian staying even aspirations, the five-year-old gelding won again over the Flemington 2000-metres in the VRC Member Simon Green Plate.
It was a welcome return to the winners' stall after the gelding finished outside of the placings over 2500-metres at Flemington on June 17.
"He jumped better today and when Blake (Shinn) gave him a dig he got there a lot sooner than I thought he would', Young said.
"He ran forward in one of horse races in Europe so it worked out perfectly here."