This winter in harness racing in New Zealand has been like no other in living memory.
The winter racing scene is usually left to the lesser performed horses to strut their stuff and it is not often that a potential top liner appears at this time of year.
However this season we have seen several debutantes win in a manner that suggested a big future.
Both Connoisseur and Rycroft created a huge impression when winning on debut and were quickly snapped up by Australian buyers.
This Friday at Alexandra Park in the Hydroflow Mobile Pace we have another horse making his debut who looks to have a big future.
Trained at Pukekohe by Brent Mangos, Vibhuti has been burning up the trial tracks in recent weeks and looks to have talent to burn.
Last Saturday at Alexandra Park at the Auckland Trotting Club workouts, Vibhuti gave a display not often seen by unraced maidens.
Not only did he distance his opponents by 6 lengths, but he paced the 2200 meters in 2:45.9, a mile rate of 2:01.3 with the last 800 meters in a quick 57.5 and the last 400 meters in a sizzling 26.7
That would win most maiden 2200 meters races at Alexandra Park and even from the second row on Friday night, Vibhuti looks very hard to hold out.
The 3 year old son of American Ideal is bred to be good.
A half-brother to Mr Chin 1:51.2 ($410,837) and Light Hearted 1:56.6 ($138,452) Vibhuti is closely related to the former star age group pacer in New Zealand in Butlers First 1:57.4 ($380,883).
The family was introduced to New Zealand by David Phillips in his National Bloodstock days when he imported the Keystone Ore mare Lady's First.
Hambletonian Limited, the breeder of Vibhuti is the most recent arm of the David Phillips breeding operation.
Raced by Hambletonian Limited in partnership with Tony Shaw, Vibhuti is the name for the sacred ash used in Religious worship in Hinduism.
Judging by his recent workout performance, Vibhuti doesn't look like he will need any divine intervention to find his way to the winners circle on Friday night..