CONNECTIONS of Chill The Beer could have been forgiven for doing just that before the two-year-old's win on debut.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick revealed the gelding had shown plenty of ability in track work and a jump-out before leading all the way in the QTIS Maiden (1100m) at Ipswich on Wednesday, December 5.
"The only slight concern I had was tackling 1100m at his first run,'' Kendrick said.
"He's a real speed horse. We'll probably keep him to races around the 900 to 1000 metres,'' he said.
Chill The Beer ($4.60), ridden by Luke Tarrant, showed there was nothing to worry about as he was still strong at the end of the 1100m.
He did get away with a fairly easy lead in the run, which helped him defy the challengers, beating favourite Mishani Romance ($2.25) by a length.
Chill The Beer is by little-known sire Straight, which stands at Blue Hills Thoroughbreds on the western Darling Downs.
The stallion, by Lohnro and out of Commands mare Unswerving, is owned by Steve Pamenter, the breeder-owner of Chill The Beer.
Images courtesy of Trackside Photography