Stawell-based trainer Paul Jones continued an impressive run of results on Sunday afternoon, winning the Apsley Cup in comfortable fashion.
Jones' horse Barry The Baptist took an early lead in the day's headline race, and strode away from the competition on the final straight to win by just under two lengths.
Jones said it was a rewarding victory.
"It was a great day, some of the owners had made the long trip up from Geelong and it made it a really great day for all of us," he said. "He ran very well."
It was a continuation of Barry The Baptist's stellar form this year after it won the 2019 Stawell Cup in a photo finish.
Jones said the five-year-old gelding was progressing nicely.
"The form has always been good with him, he is very geniune and he seldom has a poor race," Jones said.
"We're very happy with him, he's still only a young horse at five so he's still learning a fair bit.
"I think probably the best is still in front of him in the next season or two, when he's a bit more mature. Hopefully he should be able to keep running well."
Barry the Baptist was rode by Jarrod Fry who was also in the saddle for the Stawell Cup win.
"We were very happy when we secured Jarrod to ride him," Jones said. "He's ridden him at Stawell and Caufield so three times now.
"Knowing the horse, he was comfortable enough to stride out early and get into a strong position to win."
Moving forward, Jones was hopeful Barry The Baptist would be able to remain strong in races longer than Sunday's 2000 metre race.
"He's stepped out a couple of times with 2200 at the Hamilton Cup, and he ran a really good race over 2400 at Bendigo, he just didn't have the luck to get a clear run there," Jones said.
"So I think he'll run a mile and a half pretty comfortably soon enough."