Shaun and Emma Clotworthy are confident that Diesel's free-running style can be put to good use over more ground.

The Byerley Park trainers have a Group One dream for the stayer, who took another winning step toward his autumn target with a commanding victory in the Bupa New Zealand Handicap (2400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Diesel is now an $18 chance in next month's Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m).

"We're planning toward that and he'll definitely run the distance," Emma Clotworthy said. "He'll most probably have one more run before the Cup."

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Versatility is another quality boasted by Diesel, who is a multiple winner on top of the ground and he had no trouble coping with the Slow 7 going at Te Rapa, where he was never headed. "He likes to be out in front and dictating the race," Clotworthy said.NZ Racing Desk