The final stage of a carefully crafted plan is set to fall into place when Don Diego lines up in Saturday's Vobis Sires Guineas at Caulfield.
Trainer Greg Eurell has been targeting the 1600-metre contest with the son of Toronado since he made a winning debut at Pakenham in March and the 14/5 chance will be joined in the 13-runner field by his stablemate Tauty, who is rated among the outsiders at 100/1.
"He's the one," Eurell said of Don Diego. "This has been the target race and with his last run at Sandown it looked like the 1600 metres would be ideal for him next start.
"When he won his maiden he did things that a lot of horses can't do at that stage, He missed the start, ran on and won by the margin that he did (3½ lengths), which made you think that he has ability and that 1600 metres is what he is after."
Damian Lane rode Don Diego last start and retains the mount for the $500,000 event.
Eurell added: "Even when Damian rode him at Sandown he said that he feels like that distance would be ideal and that he'd probably progress to 2000 metres which was encouraging as well."
Eurell charge in "good nick"
“We mapped this out right after he won his maiden at Pakenham. He's in very good nick and I'm really happy with the way he's been working.
Don Diego will jump from barrier 12 while Tauty and Michael Dee have been drawn on the inside in barrier two.