Benjamin Talbot ended a tough year on a high, taking out the New Year's Cup (400m) at Wagga on Tuesday night.
Talbot lined up three of the eight starters in the feature race on New Year's Eve, but it was outsider We Gotta Million ($41) who powered to the finish line.
Race favourite Mryniong Jake ($1.85) jumped to an early lead before letting main danger Tranquil Gypsy ($5) get up along the inside.
However neither had any answers for We Gotta Million's burst down the back straight as he took control of the race.
After finishing second in his heat, Talbot was impressed with We Gotta Million's effort to upstage his rivals.
"It was a good run last week when he was second," Talbot said.
"He was a bit short of a run coming back from injury but I was pretty happy with his run this week.
"He snuck along the rail so it was a good run."
It was We Gotta Million's eight career win but his first since May and his first under Talbot's care.
He had been mixing his form, finishing either second or sixth in his last seven starts, but was able to put it all together in front of a good crowd for the club's first New Year's Eve meeting.
"We've had a bit of trouble with him coming out of the box, but he is starting to put it together now and jump a little bit better now," Talbot said.
"Hopefully he keeps it up and we will be right from here."
We Gotta Million went on to down Tranquil Gypsy by over two lengths with kennelmate Modest Lee in third.
Modest Lee looked the best of Talbot's chances after winning one of the heats, but the Wagga trainer was pleased with her effort as well.
"Modest Lee had a good win last week and has come back from Adelaide in good form so we will keep her going and she how she goes," Talbot said.
Talbot added to his night with Mr. Automatic making it four wins in his last six starts in the Interior Constructions Stakes (400m).
Utilising the one box, Mr. Automatic brought up his 13th victory.
Talbot will be chasing more success at Wagga's next meeting on Friday.
He has 11 greyhounds entered for the meeting, although Kiwi Stagger is an emergency up against We Gotta Million in the last of 11 races.
The meeting will start at 10.04am after the times were brought forward in an attempt to beat the hot conditions forecast.