Zabeel Classic winner Consensus could be bound for Australian shores in the autumn, although trainer Stephen McKee conceded she would have to take a step up.

Five-year-old mare Consensus overpowered three-time Group 1 winner Volkstok'n'barrell to win the 2000m weight-for-age Group 1 on Boxing Day in Auckland, handing 22-year-old hoop Alysha Colletther first triumph at the top level.

McKee outlined plans with Consensus, stating a trip to Melbourne or Sydney in early 2017 was still on the cards.

"We've got another nice race coming up in early February [in NZ], another 2000m race," McKee told's Racing Ahead on RSN 927.

"She'll run in that first.

"We'll see what her form is like at the time, whether or not we consider some of the options in Australia.

"Her range is probably 1500m to 2000m, with 2000m being her pet distance at the top level.

"She probably has to come up a notch yet against the better horses.

"If you're looking at an Australian Cup or a Ranvet around the 2000m mark, she'd certainly need to come up a level.

"But if her form warranted it, we'd definitely look at sending her over at some stage."

Collett is the younger sister of Sydney-based rider Jason Collett, who is currently sidelined after a race fall in November, and she got one up on her older brother - who remains without a G1 win after 65 starts at the top level.

Jason came closest aboard Abeautifulred in the 2011 Thousand Guineas at Riccarton and was 1.5 lengths off the winner in the 2016 BMW aboard Grand Marshal, but Alysha claimed family bragging rights on Monday - and McKee said she deserved it, given her tactical ride against well-supported favourite Volkstok'n'barrell.

"It was simply a very good ride," the trainer added.

"Alysha getting her first Group 1, she had the horse fifth or sixth all the way.

"She was actually sitting outside Volkstok'n'barrell, and pushed him back toward the fence turning in.

"Her Mum [Judy] and Dad [Richard] were there of course.

"Jason came back from Sydney for a week or two.

"Her other sister Tasha, who is married to Andrew Calder who rides in Macau, was there, so they were all back for the day.

"She is a very good rider, very well balanced; she does exactly what you ask her to do on a horse."

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