Provincial maiden winner Our Desert Warrior is being set on a path that has the potential to reap Group One success faster than his high-profile siblings Desert War and Laser Hawk.
Desert War won the first of his six Group Ones in the 2004 Epsom Handicap at his eighth start, while half-brother Laser Hawk claimed this year's Rosehill Guineas at just his fifth appearance.
Our Desert Warrior makes his city debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with next month's Group One Victoria Derby in trainer Gai Waterhouse's sights.
"He could be there (running in the Derby) at about his fourth start," stable representative Mark Newnham said.
"If he won well tomorrow I would say Gai would take him straight to Melbourne.
"He would probably only have one more run prior to the Derby, either at Geelong or at Moonee Valley in the Vase."
The three-year-old made a big impression on debut when, despite racing greenly, he flashed home over the final 200m to win a Kembla Grange maiden over 1500m.
Newnham, who has been with the Waterhouse team long enough to have had plenty to do with Our Desert Warrior's family, said the raw ability was there.
"I would say he measures right up at the same stage," Newnham said.
"Hopefully he can go on with it.
"They (Desert War and Laser Hawk) both won maidens at the provincials before coming to town."
Our Desert Warrior is on the fourth line of Victoria Derby betting with TAB fixed odds at $11.
Spring Champion Stakes winner It's A Dundeel is favourite at $3 ahead of Philippi ($8) and another Waterhouse three-year-old Kabayan ($9).
Newnham said the colt had come on since his debut in preparation for the Super Saver Handicap (1600m).
"You would expect if he's heading to the Derby he should be able to win tomorrow," Newnham said.
"It wouldn't be lack of ability that beats him. It would be lack of experience."