Xtravagant is Australian Guineas-bound after a stunning victory in Saturday's New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

Trained by Te Akau Racing partnership Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Xtravagant bolted to the Group 1 success by 8.5 lengths for jockey Matthew Cameron.

To put it into perspective, eventual Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose won the 2014 Guineas by three lengths.

And after dominating NZ's best three-year-olds, a bid to tackle the Australian contingent beckons for the Matamata-based stables with the son of Pentire out of Axiom - the dam being by Zabeel.

"The Te Akau model has always been to get the horses down here [to Riccarton] nice and early," co-trainer Richards told Racing.com's Racing Ahead on RSN.

"The timing worked well with the race at Wellington, we saw him jump very well that day.

"Once we had drawn wide [for the 2000 Guineas], we were always going to go forward.

"He's a horse that's building in confidence with time. He's been a bit of a work in progress, but he looks to be absolutely hitting his straps now."

Xtravagant will have 10 days off, before rebuilding towards his main aim of winning at Flemington.

Te Akau had Darci Brahma finish second in the Australian Guineas in 2006, and they are looking to go one better a decade on.

And they are following a similar route to that of Darci Brahma, who consolidated a commanding 2000 Guineas win with another two runs in NZ prior to the Guineas at Flemington.

"He [Xtravagant] won a late-season two-year-old race last year. His goal this time has always been to come here [Riccarton] for the Guineas," Richards added.

"It's a model Te Akau have used, to keep them here in New Zealand to target the Guineas in the spring first, and if they put their hand up, we can look at bigger options in the autumn."

One stepping stone for Xtravagant in the New Year will be the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 16, before the Australian Guineas on March 5.

WATCH: Xtravagant's New Zealand 2000 Guineas win