Lady Mironton will tackle the $100,000 Snake Gully Cup (1400m) full of confidence after a strong feature race win at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday.
In an all-Wagga finish, Lady Mironton ($4.60) grabbed a gallant Tully Toff ($4.80) in the shadows of the post to win the $27,000 Stan Sadleir Stakes (1400m).
Tully Toff went for home early and hit the lead at the top of the straight but Lady Mironton knuckled down and got home by a long neck.
Wagga trainer Wayne Carroll was rapt to see Lady Mironton deliver the goods.
"She's a nice mare. She's a good country horse and there's still a fair bit left in her," Carroll said.
"She loves when they go really quick and I didn't mind Simon (Miller) letting her settle and taking his time."
Carroll confirmed it will be full steam ahead to the Snake Gully Cup at Gundagai in two weeks time.
The winner of the Stan Sadleir Stakes is exempt of the ballot for the $100,000 feature at Gundagai on Friday, November 15.
"This time in she's getting ready for middle-distance type races," he said.
"Last time the Championships was the aim but this time we'll look to get her over more ground.
"This gets her in the Snake Gully Cup now and it's not every day that you get a $100,000 race in your backyard so we'll go and have a crack at that.
"What's after that? We'll probably go to the Ted Ryder Cup and then have a look to Melbourne. She's come back well and there's plenty of races about."
Simon Miller continued his strong association with Lady Mironton with another top ride.
The mare took her overall record to five wins and six placings from 18 starts.
There was a 1 1/4 length gap to the Nick Olive-trained Supreme Polarity ($10.00) in third place.
Meantime, Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland is eyeing off a tilt at the $150,000 Country Championships Heat at Albury with Jungle Book.
Jungle Book ($2.60) scored a strong win in the Riverina Crane Services Class One & Maiden Plate (1600m) at Wagga on Friday.
Bryan Murphy gave Jungle Book every chance and he dashed away to score by 2 1/2 lengths from Barcoo Bill ($41.00) and Weja ($5.00).
"The Championships has always been the aim, he's just been a bit unlucky a few times," Sutherland said.
"If he gets the points, he will go that way. He probably needs one more win. He's definitely got enough ability.
"He's taken a bit of time but I think he will improve going forward."
Wagga trainer Peter Morgan also enjoyed success when Walingi landed some good bets by winning the WDF Professional Maiden Plate (1200m).
The four-year-old mare won impressively at just her second race start.