The Concorde Stakes threw up more questions than answers for trainer Joe Pride after odds-on favourite Rain Affair went down without a whimper as stablemate Tiger Tees excelled.
Saturday's 1100m sprint at Warwick Farm was supposed to signal the beginning of Rain Affair's Group One campaign towards the Manikato Stakes but the explosive sprinter failed to fire.
Pride's ambitions for Tiger Tees may also change after he raced to a three-length win over Mrs Onassis with Satin Shoes third.
Rain Affair led the field into the straight but couldn't sustain his speed and finished fourth.
"He was always in a good position and ran a great time (1:04.13)," Pride said of Tiger Tees.
"Rain Affair couldn't get away from them like he usually does.
"I need to look him over and make sure he's all right but that wasn't what we're used to seeing."
Although Rain Affair's best form has been on softer tracks, Pride refused to blame Saturday's surface which was rated in the good range.
"I'm loath to make the excuse it was the firm track," he said.
"He was below par. He didn't go on with the race like he usually does."
While Rain Affair's performance was disappointing, it couldn't take the gloss off Tiger Tees' win.
"I had the Group Two Salinger as his target but I may revise that now," Pride said.
Peter Robl was aboard Tiger Tees, filling in for the suspended Christian Reith.
"He travelled sweet. He's a winner," Robl said.
"He's Christian's horse and I'm just glad they chose me to ride him.
"He put them away easily."
Tiger Tees has now won nine of his 13 starts with Rain Affair still holding an imposing record of 11 from 16.
Rain Affair's fourth placing in the Concorde was only the second time he has been unplaced.