At $31, Paths Of Glory was the outsider in Saturday's Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1800m) having finished unplaced in two Australian starts since his arrival from Europe.
But some deft research by jockey Rachel King, a fitter horse and a Kensington track appearing to favour horses on speed proved a winning combination.
"I spent a lot of time watching his races in England as well and just getting to know how he was winning there, which was more how he raced today," King said.
"The smaller field, being able to be up on speed, especially the way the track is playing, he showed us what he can do today."
The win gave King an early double following her rails-hugging victory on the John Thompson-trained Le Lude.
Richard Freedman expected Paths Of Glory to run an improved race but was not anticipating a win.
"We knew he was fit today, we knew he'd improve," Freedman said.
"I wasn't quite sure he would improve that much but there you go, he's a quality horse."
Paths Of Glory's four overseas wins have been over 2400m and Freedman is keen to see how he measures up once he gets to a staying trip.
The Freedmans are in their first year as a partnership and have enjoyed a remarkable season, particularly towards the back-end with 14 winners from their past 50 runners.