Unbeaten colt Unflinching is set to use Saturday's Manfred Stakes as a springboard towards a bid entry into the Oakleigh Plate.
He steps out in stakes company for the first time at Caulfield and is a 17/5 chance to claim victory over the 1200 metres.
Unflinching will look to follow Portland Sky, who won the Manfred last year before dead-heating with Celebrity Queen in the Oakleigh Plate three weeks later.
"It may be the right way to go getting into that race, but he would have to win I would imagine to get enough rating points to get into the race," Sam Freedman, who trains Unflinching in partnership with his father Anthony, told RSN.
"I think having a run at 1200 (metres) and then going back to the 1100 could certainly suit. Last start gave us a little more confidence than we might have had prior."
"He relaxed pretty well outside the lead, and I think the key with him is to not go too slow on him, because his asset is winning his races with a turn of foot for 200 or 400 metres.
"Damien Thornton knows him really well and he'll know when to push the button. He's going to be in front for a long way. It's going to be the last 100 metres that he's left wanting, but hopefully he's created a bit of a buffer."
Unflinching will take on six rivals for Saturday's clash, including stakes winners Paulele and Generation.