Winner of his second start as a juvenile, on the Wolverhampton all-weather in August 2017 and now in the care of Peter Chapple-Hyam, Deja was off the course just over a year when returning to the track in September 2018.
And he was well worth waiting for, making all in what appeared a very good novice stakes over an extended 1m2f at Chester.
Surely entitled to progress from that effort under Paul Hanagan, he impressed his jockey who said: "Deja is still very raw and was getting lonely in front, but when he saw the second he really put his head down and tried hard.
"He will improve a lot for that run and is something to look forward to for connections."
Hanagan was proved correct; turned out five weeks later in a handicap at Pontefract, he made a mockery of his opening mark of 84, routing 16 rivals and impressing another jockey, this time Andrea Atzeni.
It would be another 254 days before we would see the colt again but as before it was worth it as he stepped up to a mile and a half for the first time to win 'going away' at Kempton leading his trainer to look at some big targets including the £1 million Ebor at York.
A son of Youmzain, he is the first foal out of Atarfe, an unraced daughter of Anabaa and a half-sister to seven winners, highlighted by Arasin, victorious at Listed level in both France and Hong Kong.
DOB: 24 Mar 2015