The pedigree has always been there to suggest Woodbine could be a top-line galloper and now leading jockey Tommy Berry believes the valuable Entire can live up to his potential.
Berry rode Woodbine, by Hussonet out of Miss Finland, to an eye-catching win in a 1200m trial at Randwick on Thursday morning, storming from the back of the field to defeat stablemate Queenstown.
The four-year-old finished eighth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap behind He's Your Man before travelling to Melbourne and finishing a close sixth to Hucklebuck in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes last campaign.
While there hasn't been much rest for Woodbine, Berry believes the trip south of the border has really helped his maturity process.
"He is so much more switched on now, I think the trip to Melbourne could be the making of this horse," Berry said.
"On the track at home he has always worked very strongly but he probably hasn't lived up to the expectation on race day.
"I was very impressed with the way he trilled today and I'd say he could go to the next level."
Racing Manager Adrian Bott also had plenty of positives about the trial performance.
"Gai was absolutely delighted with the trial performance of Woodbine this morning and it confirmed her opinion that he had returned a much stronger and more mature colt this preparation."
"He will resume in benchmark 90 over 1200m on the 7th February at Rosehill which should have him right on target for an exciting Autumn campaign."