Brisbane trainer Steven O'Dea is bringing unfinished product Sir Moments south for the Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
However, like an unpolished gem, there is still quality about the three-year-old, which earned his 58 kilogram impost with a couple of black-type wins during the winter carnival.
So impressed was O'Dea with the son of Choisir that he pushed on to the J.J Atkins, where he was seventh, less than three lengths from Romantic Touch and Zoustar.
"He did a great job in the winter but we have known all along he had some growing to do," O'Dea said. "He didn't have the best of runs in the J.J. Atkins but the form out of it is pretty good and we have always thought he was up to better class of races. He is still raw and leggy, and probably hasn't grown into his body just yet.
"I wanted to give him a couple of runs in the spring. I think this trip away will help, but we will see the finished product in another six months or so.
"If he runs well on Saturday we will go down for a 1400 metre listed race at Flemington."
Sir Moments has had the benefit of a quiet Doomben barrier trial and a jump-out before getting on the truck.
"He is going pretty well and I wouldn't have sent him down if I didn't think he was ready," O'Dea said. "It is a very handy field and drawing gate one probably doesn't help him that much because he likes a bit of room.
"We have a jockey in good form in Blake Shinn and I think he will run a race, especially if he can get to the outside in the straight."
Barbed, which was left in Zoustar's wake in the Roman Consul Stakes, is the $1.90 favourite in front of Boss Lane at $5, while Sir Moment sits on the third line of betting at $6.