CHALLENGE Accepted lived up to the hype surrounding his debut with a big win at Albury on Tuesday.
Starting a $1.50 favourite, Challenge Accepted overcame a slow start to take out the Carlton Mid Maiden Plate (1175m) in fine style.
A $70,000 purchase from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Challenge Accepted won on debut by 2¼ lengths.
There was much interest around Challenge Accepted after a 10-length win in a Berrigan trial.
The three-year-old, a half brother to group three-winning mare Stormy Nova, was last away from the gates, settled midfield and then unleashed a devastating sprint.
Wagga jockey John Kissick was impressed by the win and trainer Geoff Duryea confirmed the horse will go straight to the paddock.
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