"A super win!" enthused proud part-owner Jeff Collins after the gutsy victory recorded by the fast and tough Hidden Dragon mare Obsidian Dragon at Cranbourne last Sunday.
Second up from a spell having caught the eye with a game first up third at Moonee Valley, the David Balfour trained five-year-old had been set for the race - a $100,000 Cranbourne Cup Day feature named after the mighty Apache Cat.
"That was the race we were aiming for," said Collins who is now looking forward to the dilemma of where to race the honest bay next.
"There is a 1000m race at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and an 1100m event at Flemington on Oaks Day."
"The 1000m at the Valley suits but it is an open handicap whereas the Flemington event is a black type mares race."
"It is a great situation to be in," he added - excited that Obsidian Dragon is in great form at the right time of year.
Not that has ever been in anything but great form, having won nine of her 24 starts with a further eight placings to her credit.
The winner of over $414,000 in stakes, Obsidian Dragon has done a great job - costing just $23,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
Bred by Fraternity Thoroughbreds and raced by Collins with Jason Carvill and Robyn Balfour, Obsidian Dragon did not have the easiest of runs in the Apache Cat Classic, sitting outside the leader off a hot pace but finding plenty over the final stages - drawing clear to win by a length.
Obsidian Dragon is one of four winners from as many foals to race for the city winning Monde Bleu mare Aradina. A regular visitor to Hidden Dragon (she has had two fillies and a colt by him since producing her speedy daughter), she is also dam of the Listed winner Danedina and the metropolitan winners Johadina and Fasadina.
Obsidian Dragon's success was part of a good weekend for Hidden Dragon who was represented by a double on Saturday - Special Dragon winning by five lengths at Gayndah whilst the Peter Moody trained three-year-old Kiss My Dragon impressively broke her maiden by two lengths at Pakenham.
Meanwhile on Friday Can't Find Him looked the goods racing away to a smart 3.8 length victory at his Coff's Harbour debut.