“He showed a glimpse of that at Cranbourne on Monday and it’s a real credit to the team; he’s done a good job and they’ve got a nice bunch of two-year-olds in there and obviously placed him well.
“When Ben half-pushed the button in the trials the other day, we didn’t know whether to go left, right, up or down. He’ll obviously come on from that as they do.”
Maher said the stable could dare to dream with the $170,000 Magic Millions purchase, with two-year-old riches up for grabs in the New Year.
“We’ll just see how he pulls up and feel our way; maybe a Blue Diamond, maybe a Golden Slipper, we’ll dare to dream today,” Maher said.
“His mother was trained at Aquanita and she was only very small but very quick. It sort of pushed me into buying this horse, so he’s just a bigger, stronger version.
“I’d say he’d sleep well tonight. We had the blinkers on, he just needed that bit of focus. You could see, even when Ben went for him coming into the straight, he wobbled around a little bit so he’ll improve so much for today. He ended up winning pretty easy so he’s got a nice future.”
The Sewgoolam family, who own a share in Tanker, also raced the John Moloney-trained Flying Jess, who debuted in this race four years ago before going onto win the $1.2 million top prize in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.
Maher said Pride Of Dubai’s progeny had impressed at home.
“I’ve got a few of them. They’re big strong horses,” he said.
“He was a ripping horse himself, so he’s put a bit of that substance into them.”