Sunset Showdown saluted first up from a spell today at Doomben in the Carlton Mid Class 3 Handicap over 1000m.
Jumping from barrier 3, Jim Byrne positioned him just behind the speed before exposing him in the straight to find the line well to win by a nose.
Sunset Showdown won a trial by 7 lengths at Deagon 8 days earlier in preperation for this race first up.
His trainer Marcus Wilson was very happy.
It was a good effort first up, he was still pretty soft going into this race, he carried 58kg and he ran his last 600m in 33.77 "Wilson said"
There is plenty of improvement in him too and there is bigger fish to fry "Wilson said
Last prep he finished a half length second at Doomben on a Saturday to Black Magic, who since won a Listed race over there carnival, so he was always going to be hard to beat first up in a race like this.
Sunset Showdown takes his record to 4 wins and 4 placings from only 13 starts.