The combination of jockey Tim Clark and Tulloch Lodge were to the fore on Golden Rose day and the trio will head to the pivotal meeting of the Sydney spring high on confidence.
Clark has a reputation for being a great judge of pace and he was seen at his tactically brilliant best at Rosehill on Saturday, rating In The Congo to perfection to run his rivals off their feet in the Group 1 Golden Rose.
It followed earlier wins aboard Entente, who he settled off a slick speed in the Colin Stephen Quality, and Vangelic, who like In The Congo made her own luck from the front to capture an overdue stakes success in the Golden Pendant.
All three are prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and Clark says it is a privilege to ride for the leading conditioners.
"There is definitely a big smile under this mask," Clark said after winning the Golden Rose.
"I really enjoy working with both of them. We've built up a really strong partnership."
In The Congo has been a revelation this spring, winning the San Domenico Stakes last month and being run down in the final bounds by Anamoe in The Run To The Rose, before turning the tables in Saturday's Group 1.
Waterhouse and Bott will let the dust settle before deciding if the colt heads to Melbourne for a shot at the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington during the Cup carnival.
"In the back of our mind was always to keep the Coolmore open as an option," Bott said.
"(We're) mindful he has been up for a while and he's kicked a big goal now. We'll see how he comes through that now."
Entente is in line to back-up in the Group One Metropolitan (2400m), a race Waterhouse has won eight times.
The stable also has strong chances at Randwick in Epsom Handicap (1600m) second favourite Riodini and under-rated filly Swift Witness, who heads to the Flight Stakes (1600m) after capturing the Silver Shadow Stakes and finishing second past the post in the Tea Rose before she was relegated to third on protest.
Clark is also set to partner his Everest contender Rothfire in the Premiere Stakes (1200m) following the Queenslander's game fourth to Eduardo in the Shorts at his first start back from a serious leg injury.