It was lonely at last week's Wyndham trials for juvenile trotter Tolkien in his solo attempt to beat the 2:09.8 qualifying time.
But he was up to the task, running equal halves to produce a time 5.1 seconds faster than required.
On the back of that run, and given the lack of opposition in the south, Tolkien's trainer Kirk Larsen is now contemplating a trip to Addington on 23 February to test the Majestic Son gelding under race conditions.
Larsen paid $17,000 at last year's premier sale for the Trish Dunell-bred son of Armbro Starlet from the family of Enghien.
He'll be raced by wife Michelle, her Victorian-based sister Susan Hayes and long-time owner Lynette Philpott from New South Wales.
“He's had a couple of workouts with competition and went pretty good but he's got a bit of developing to do,” Larsen said.
Larsen's only runner at last Friday's Winton Workouts was Jilaire's Mac, significant because he was the debut drive for his son Tristan.
“He turned 15 on the 28th of January so was able to get his stablehand's licence,” Larsen said.
“He's still at school, but can get workouts days off; he lives and breathes horses.”
For the record, Jilaire's Mac finished fourth of six in the up to MR50 mobile 2400.