High-class three-year-old Shamexpress will continue the tradition of Newmarket winners heading to England to contest major sprint races at Ascot later this year.
Trainer Danny O'Brien confirmed Shamexpress would start in this year's Kings Stand Stakes on June 18 but would be spelled in the meantime following his powerful win at Flemington on Saturday.
O'Brien highlights the amazing success rate that Newmarket Handicap winners Miss Andretti, Takeover Target, Scenic Blast and Black Caviar have enjoyed after winning Australia's most important sprint race.
''History clearly shows how successful those winners have been, and that's why I targeted the Newmarket Handicap back in November as the history of the race shows just how well the form translates to the summer in England,'' he said.
''I'll give him a month down at my property at Barwon and probably leave in early June for the Kings Stand at Ascot.
''He's always been a high-class colt and after a break he should be ideally prepared for races like the Kings Stand.''
In fact, three of the four Newmarket winners that have gone to England have been successful in the Kings Stand, with Black Caviar taking a different direction and winning the Diamond Jubilee.
And O'Brien is no stranger to overseas travel, taking former top three-year-old Star Witness to England in 2011, when he finished a brave second to local English sprinter Prohibit.
Five years earlier, O'Brien had quality mare Glamour Puss finish fifth in the race in 2006 behind Takeover Target.
''If you look closely at the form of Newmarkets, especially in the past 10 years, you'll see just how well sprinters who have come through a handicap race like the Newmarket have managed to go on and be successful in England,'' he said.
By winning Saturday's Newmarket, Shamexpress is eligible for a $50,000 travelling bonus when the colt leaves in June.
However, the bonus money is allocated to Australian sprinters that make the journey to Ascot and, at the moment, Newmarket Handicap runner-up Moment of Change, Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis and the all-conquering Black Caviar are eligible for a percentage of the $50,000 if they make the trip.
''We're just hoping that we go alone, as we [would] get the total amount,'' O'Brien said.