SMART Bendigo two-year-old Jarklin didn't win, but you couldn't wipe the smile off the face of trainer Rod Symons.
Jarklin, which is owned by Symons' family, collected $45,000 in prizemoney for running second to speed machine Eloping in the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m).
Eloping led all the way to win by six lengths.
Symons was delighted with the performance of Jarklin.
"He stretched out really well at the finish,'' he said.
"That's the second time we've run behind Eloping and we're getting closer.
"There's a $180,000 VOBIS Gold race over 1200m at Flemington in three weeks. That will suit Jarklin better and, hopefully, Eloping won't be there."
Much-hyped colt Wildnerness, which was having its first start for David Hayes, was trapped three wide in the run and folded late to finish fifth.
Jarklin's good run capped a good week for Symons.
Last Sunday promising staying mare Savannah Moon broke her maiden in fine style at Echuca.