No surprise that Thronum has made the step from Bendigo to Group class in Melbourne.
The four year-old ($6.50) made it five wins from 10 starts when he led throughout in the Group 2 weight for age Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
He was a Coming Winner selection after winning a Benchmark 75 (1100m) by five lengths on Bendigo Cup day.
Thronum then was beaten by a neck into third place in a Sandown Group 3 (1300m) in mid-November.
Bondeiger and King Kamada provided an unlikely quinella at the Moonee Valley meeting.
They fought out the finish of the Benchmark 78 (2500m), a heat of the summer stayers’ series.
It was Bondeiger’s first win for more than three years while King Kamada is winless for four years.
King Kamada will get his chance during the jumps season if not successful on the flat.
The Kath Durden trained eight year-old had a third placing over hurdles in June last year.
Stynes continues to pick up prizemoney for his Melbourne owners.
The former Deniliquin trained 10 year-old was third in the Benchmark 58 (1600m) at Hanging Rock on Australia Day.
He was second at Kerang on Boxing Day at his previous start.
Christine Puls rode Stynes in Friday’s race for Echuca trainer Micheal Newton.
Puls made the most of her only ride at Caulfield on Saturday, winning on Jester Halo which gave Hamilton trainer Darren Kolpin his first Melbourne win.
Long Leaf, Ollivander and Oohood enhanced their Blue Diamond Stakes prospects with impressive runs in the Previews (1000m) on Saturday.
Long Leaf made it three wins from three starts when he defeated Ollivander by a half length in the colts and geldings’ race.
Oohood had an interrupted run in the straight before flashing home for third in the fillies’ division.
Oohood was a close second to Long Leaf in mid-November at her only previous start.
Follow - Bravo Tango: A step-up in distance will suit after strong finishing third to Nature Strip at Flemington over 1100m at first start since October.
Coming winners: There was also merit in Prezado’s second to Nature Strip.
Andaz, third in Randwick Listed race in October, finished just behind placegetters at Moonee Valley.
Siege Of Quebec resumed with Randwick 1100m win and suited over more ground.