New stable acquisition Red Shift has shown Roger James enough to suggest he can stake a claim for the Queensland Derby when he makes his Australian debut in the Group Three Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben.
Red Shift has started only once for James, finishing fifth over 2000 metres at Te Rapa on April 28.
He was transferred to James following his seventh to Silent Achiever in the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie in March.
"Reg Donnison had him before me and he did a great job with him," James said.
"But his owner, Trevor Henderson from OTI, asked me to take him two weeks after the Derby so I've only had him for one run.
"There was a tremendous bias to frontrunners at Te Rapa and his run was full of merit."
James initially feared he had made the wrong decision to bring Red Shift across the Tasman for the Group One Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.
"He didn't spell well and was still dry looking in the coat when he first arrived here," he said.
"But I don't think I've ever brought a horse to Brisbane that has turned the corner like he has."