LEETON trainer David Kennedy has no doubt stable star Whereyabinboppin is the horse to beat in next month's Regional Championships series after producing a blistering win to claim the West Wyalong Cup (2270m) at Riverina Paceway on Sunday.
The $1.45 favourite was taken straight to the lead by Jackson Painting and put the foot down midway through the last lap to beat nearest rival Moreau Drive ($81) by 21 metres, including a last half of 55.3 seconds.
The four-year-old gelding had won six of his previous nine race starts, but was yet to win over more than 1760m.
He put paid to any queries he could handle the distance in a dominant performance which should ensure he is favourite for next month's group one series.
"Western Sonador (will be tough to beat) and Brooklyns Best went pretty good the other day but after watching that bloke go, they'll be running a nice second to him I think," Kennedy said.
"We probably can't get a run between now and the semi finals for the feature racing in May, but on that run he probably doesn't need much more work than what we're doing.
"It's good to see him put it on the track. It's hard to tell when you're only working him from home there and no trials but he's pretty forward in his work, he showed them what he's made of today.
"It's probably the longest race he's been in but he's a big strong horse, our biggest concern has been he gets on his knees and doesn't steer very well.
"It looks like he drove well today looking at those sectionals and being on this track makes a big difference to him. We've been mucking around with his gear, and we must have it pretty close to right."
Kennedy admitted the looming three week break between runs before the Regional Championships heats isn't ideal, but is confident he has the right horse to overcome it.
"There's a big difference between racing today and a group one race in three weeks of no racing, it's a different scenario," he said.
"It depends on barrier draws, and we'll get a run in the heat, but everyone's going to be in the same boat."
Meanwhile, Uroc Skinny Jeans ($1.18 favourite) gave connections more heart flutters after breaking for the second time in three runs in the West Wyalong Breakfast Club Pace (2270m).
She settled better after the false start to win comfortably for Young trainer Rick Burnett and driver Jessica Prior.
"The runner beside us got in the road, but after the false start she was OK. She gets a bit excited at the start," Prior said.
"I've won from behind with her for her first win, but a couple of times since she's lead and has a lot of ability. She's finally got the draws to show how good she is.
"I've never driven anything like her before. She'll got for a spell now and come back for the Breeders (Challenge).
"She's something special and can go to big places. For Rick to trust me with the drive, I'm very thankfully.
"She can definitely go places after the coronavirus period ends."