Patience in racing is rarely used but for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace it is one of their greatest virtues.
With a large team of horses at their disposal, Maher and Eustace are not rushed in sending their horses to the races, especially two-year-olds.
So, it was with interest to learn that Veecee was the stable's first two-year-old winner of the season when taking out the VRC Summer Fun Sprint (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Ridden by Ethan Brown, Veecee ($4.60) scored by 2-½ lengths from Hellish ($5.50) with Rhodesian Red ($21) a length away third.
Fresh off a treble at Cranbourne on Friday night, Brown said Veecee had been well prepared for Saturday's debut outing with some solid jump-outs.
"He's more like a three-year-old to sit on," Brown said.
"It was a bit of a bunched field, and I thought the leaders rolled along a bit which suited us, but full merit to him as we were exposed the whole race, but we were able to roll into it at our leisure and gee he was strong late."
Brown said even though Veecee was well-prepared for Saturday's race, he said the son of Capitalist would derive benefit from the outing.
He added the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield next month could be a tempting.
"I can't see why not if they want to go that way as he has all the right attributes," Brown said.
"He's going to improve from today's outing, so it should be onwards and upwards.
"He's not really a turn of foot horse. He was suited by the tempo and was able to build on that, but if he was smothered up, he's not a horse that will let rip, but once into his stride, he really found the line."