Underrated Gold Coast jockey Daniel Griffin put one hand on his first Group One trophy when boom galloper Shoot Out scored a phenomenal win in the Group Two Sires' Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Riding for veteran Gold Coast trainer John Wallace, Griffin rode Shoot Out like a good thing in the 1400m feature and the huge gelding did the rest when he powered home to register a 1-1/4-length win.
Having just his second race start, the son of High Chaparral was giving his rivals at least six lengths start at the 600m and overcame a check rounding the bend to record a performance which prompted Wallace to declare the horse the best he has trained.
'He just might be the saviour of me,' Wallace said.
'I've had some good horses over the years but this bloke is the best of them. He's good and he'll get a lot better.
'He'll stay all day and he'll only get better when the races get longer.'
Griffin, 28, agreed with Wallace and said Shoot Out now had a mortgage on next week's Group One TJ Smith Stakes (1600m) at the same course.
'That's my biggest win by far and with natural improvement they won't beat him in the TJ Smith,' Griffin said.
'He has a huge turn of foot when he sprints and they won't get me off him now.
'I never panicked when he got back and was cluttered because I knew what I had underneath me - he's easily the best horse I've ridden.'
Race favourite Funtantes ($3) sprinted to the front when she straightened but was quickly collared by Melbourne colt Carrara ($5.50) before Shoot Out ($8) descended on them to claim victory.
Consistent filly Impulsive Dream ($21) finished powerfully to run second with Carrara a half-neck back third.
Trainer Kelly Schweida said Impulsive Dream would definitely line up for a rematch with Shoot Out next Saturday while Tony Vasil was reluctant to confirm a TJ Smith start for Carrara.