Jeremy Noseda's decision to fly Johnny Murtagh over to Lingfield to partner Valbchek suggested the colt took a high rank in his stable, and there was no reason to doubt the trainer after the Play Mobile Bingo With williamhillbingo.com Maiden Stakes.
Murtagh is often used by Noseda on the big occasion and the discernable buzz about the Irishman's presence for just the one ride saw Valbchek sent off the 4-11 favourite on his racecourse debut.
He pulled very hard through the first half of the six-furlong heat and appeared inexperienced when asked by Murtagh to challenge in the home straight.
Valbchek was left in the lead when Aurens jinked and unshipped Adam Beschizza approaching the furlong pole, but he quickly created a gap of two-and- three-quarter lengths without Murtagh asking a serious question. Noseda is not likely to stretch the son of Acclamation's stamina in order to enter the equation for a 2000 Guineas, but he will take another imminent step up in class.
“The owners have been very patient as I liked him last season but he had some niggly problems,” said Noseda.
“The way I'm thinking he's a sprinter — seven furlongs, absolute tops — and that suggested he was a sprinter.”
Asked whether Valbchek could appear next at the Newmarket Craven meeting, Noseda replied: “If I'm happy when I get him home.
“There is a race I had in mind. We'll see how he moves forward.”