The early pattern for success at Sydney's midweek meeting staged at Warwick Farm was to be 'hard up against the fence' as the first two races of the day went the way of horses leading around the home turn and sticking next to the running rail in the straight.
In the first of the day, Joviality (by I Am Invincible) showed her rivals a clean set of heels when scoring a convincing victory in a 3YO Maiden Handicap over 1300m.
One of three runners for Star Thoroughbreds in the field, Joviality was ridden on the pace from the outset by Tommy Berry, sticking closest to the fence throughout.
Joviality ultimately proceeded to space her opposition over the closing stages for her first career win at start No. 5.
A $330,000 yearling sale purchase which commenced its racing career with an encouraging third behind subsequent Black Opal Stakes winner Barbaric last February, Joviality then finished 9th of nine in the Reisling Stakes when racing completely out of sorts.
Another two much more recent outings in July put Joviality in prime condition to open her winning account, the Chris Waller-trained filly proving to be much too good for Game Theory in second and Grenado (NZ) in third.
Rousseau, the $2.90 favourite of the race and a stable companion of the winner, came home in fifth position at her first outing since late April after covering ground for most of the race and appearing to be in need of the outing.
SPs on the race were $5.50 Joviality, $7.50 Game Theory, and $6.50 Grenado.
Winning time was 1m19.63s (last 600m in 37.31s), and the official margins 3-1/2L x Half-Head.
Favourite backers didn't fair any better in Race 2 at Warwick Farm in which the imported 4-year-old stallion Kingsheir (GB) went off at prohibitive odds.
Sent to post heavily in the red, the son of Kingman was given every chance by James McDonald but seemed to struggle in the Heavy 9 conditions, proving to be no match for the 30/1 outsider of the field Heza Gentleman (by Nicconi).
Despite being beaten at Moruya, Cowra, Goulburn and Wyong at his previous four outings, Heza Gentleman again led into the straight and proved to be too strong over the concluding stages to score by a clear-cut margin.
Lubuk did best of the rest to claim second, finishing more than a length clear of the odds-on favourite Kingsheir in third.
The success of Heza Gentleman gave the training partnership of Mitchell & Desiree Kearney their first metropolitan success, after having trained three provincial and two country winners during all of the 2019/20 racing season.
Heza Gentleman started at $31.00, Lubuk at $7.00, and Kingsheir at $1.50 favourite.
Heza Gentleman ran the 1400m in 1m27.02s (last 600m in 36.75s) and scored by 2-1/4L x 1-1/4L.
Frosted @ Darley Handicap (1300m)
Yulong Stallions Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC