A filly who showed plenty of potential during her first couple of campaigns, Caliente matured nicely over the winter months and was impressive kicking off her latest campaign with a barnstorming victory in the Listed Mode Plate at Eagle Farm on December 8.
Beginning well but drifting back in the field, the daughter of Sequalo spotted her rivals ten lengths at the top of the straight.
Swinging wide, she put on display an outstanding turn of foot over the final 200m - finishing right over the top of them before drawing clear to salute by a soft 1-1/4 lengths.
Ridden patiently by Paul Hammersley, Caliente recorded her second win at just her seventh start - in doing so becoming Sequalo's 18th individual stakes winner.
Trainer Bruce Hill believes that Caliente is more of a racehorse this time in.
"To be fair to her she got decked a few times in her races last time in and she didn't have the smarts to cope with it," hel said.
"But this time in she's developed mentally the way I was hoping she would."
And he believes the best is still to come, confident that Caliente will be even better suited as she rises in distance.
"I think she'll get a mile easily enough and I think she can keep taking the necessary steps," he said.
Praise for Caliente's victory came from jockey Tim Bell who was aboard runner up Sookie - "I thought she had them covered at the furlong," he said, "but the winner went past us like we were standing still!"
Proudly bred by Lyndhurst Stud, Caliente was secured by Hill for $30,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast QTIS 600 Yearling Sale.
Already the winner of over $137,000 for her happy owners Campbell Black, Rob Willis, Michael Buys, Brian Hill and Doug Burn, Caliente is only the second foal produced by the Scenic mare Avenel who, after producing a Drumbeats filly in September, paid a return visit to Sequalo.
A descendant of the famed matriarch Teppo, Avenel hails from the family of feature race winners Staging, Duporth, Excites, Tickets, Delago Deluxe, Dashing Image and River Don.