Rising Sphere launched into his Darwin Cup carnival campaign with a dominant barrier to box victory at Fannie Bay on Saturday; a win which has connections excited for the months ahead.

A $60,000 fall on hammer purchase by Dalziel Racing at the Inglis Premier Sales, he has now accumulated over $150,000 in prize money after his third win from six starts, a dominant near three-length victory over the 1000-metre trip.

The gelding headed for a new life in the Top End last year and immediately took a liking to the dirt tracks, only missing the placings on one occasion.