City Of Troy has emerged as a hot 2000 Guineas fancy after a stunning run in Saturday's bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.
The two-year-old already had tongues wagging after earning a two-and-a-half-length win at the Curragh on debut on 1st July.
He showed that performance wasn't a fluke on Saturday when easing to a six-and-a-half-length triumph in a Group 2 at Newmarket.
And so, excitement is already building around what might be to come in the future for Aidan O'Brien's charge.
|Where||Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk|
|When||Saturday 4th May, 2024|
|How to watch||bet365 Sports Live Streaming, ITV & Racing TV|
|Odds||City Of Troy 3/1, River Tiber 7/1, Diego Velazquez 16/1, Unquestionable 16/1, Bucanero Fuerte 16/1|
He made the jump to Group Two level look easy to charge to glory in the seven-furlong event.
Jockey Ryan Moore had City Of Troy travelling along comfortably in a field of nine, which included second Haatem and Oddussey, who came home third.
After passing the two-furlong marker, Moore asked his mount to kick on and City of Troy didn't disappoint.
The regally-bred son of Triple Crown hero Justify immediately went through the gears and, once pulling two lengths clear, never looked back as he burst to the line.
Even in the final furlong, he continued to build momentum, widening the gap to his pursuers.
O'Brien said: "It’s unnatural ability.
"He’s a very unusual horse; he’s unbelievable mentally. Whatever speed you want to go he can keep pushing and he can go up and sit with anything we have.
"Ryan couldn’t pull him up at the Curragh last time and I knew he was going to go on earlier here, as there’s not as much of a pull up after the line here!
"I was on the line and he came past me and started going again, so I was thinking ‘oh no’.
"We’ve had to back him up quickly, but we knew Little Big Bear was coming over (for the July Cup) and the experience of coming over travelling with him was going to stand him in good stead, as it’s something we like to do with the two-year-olds if we can."
O'Brien has some big calls to make with regard to the direction they take over the next 12 months.
Races such as the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster will all likely be in his thinking.
O'Brien added: "Even today, crossing the line, he was still heading off. He will be better on top of the ground - he's a good-ground horse.
"He's after travelling now, that's what we always try to do. He obviously has all the races now as he matures, the Futurity, the National Stakes, the Dewhurst, all those sorts of races are open to him now.
"Obviously, as you can see, he has loads of speed, so a mile should be no problem to him.
"The way he cruises and with his action and everything. It is very exciting, really."