Bendigo galloper Hi Stranger collected his second country cup of the year when he stormed home to win Sunday's Listed $160,000 Kilmore Cup (1600m).
The Shane Fliedner-trained gelding showed his toughness in a race run at a high tempo.
Hi Stranger lost ground when he lost his way around the tight final turn, but once he straightened up he reeled in his rivals to record his ninth career victory.
The five-year-old, who won the Echuca Cup earlier this year, has nine wins from 35 starts and prizemoney earnings of more than $760,000.
"He's a really good little horse,'' Fliedner said.
"He's not over big, but he's determined and when things fall his way he's never far away.
"He's probably just short of the really good company, but he's just starting to mix it with them."
Hi Stranger has been remarkably tough and consistent for Fliedner.
The gelding has had 14 starts this calendar year for four wins and three placings.
There might be more to come before the year is out and, potentially, a trip north of the Murray River.
"We're pretty keen on the Lord Stakes (at Caulfield) on Boxing Day,'' Fliedner said.
"We might slip him up to Sydney for the Villiers (Stakes) inbetween because there's not much for him down here."
The $250,000 Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) is run at Randwick on December 11.
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