Patience paid almost an immediate dividend for Ganmain trainer Danny Carroll.
Even if Roll Play's first victory did cost him a little bit of the profits.
After 10 trialling performances and a second on debut, Roll Play led all the way to take out the Tabcorp Regional Championships Pace (1740m) at Riverina Paceway on Sunday.
After starting his racing life with Darren Hancock near Menangle, Roll Play was sent to Junee trainer Steven Harris before Carroll was offered a chance with the three-year-old.
"Darren Hancock had him and he couldn't get him to keep in his gear," Carroll said.
"Steve Harris had a go at him but said he was no good so they gave him to me and Woodsy.
"They said if he wins a race to give us a $1000 so for winning the race I'm $1000 down."
Harris was able to dictate terms before holding out a late challenge for debutant Heart Attack Stack to win by a half head.
In doing so he clocked a slick mile rate of 1:56.6.
Carroll was surprised by how well he went in front.
"It was just his second start, he went pretty good the other night and he's not a front runner," he said.
"He's never been in front before, only at home, and is probably a horse that likes to chase them rather than be out in front.
"Steve said when they got level with him he actually kicked back right to through line to get his head back in front."
Carroll is hoping for more improvement from Roll Play after being given some more time to develop.
"He's only a three-year-old and he's only a little fella and he probably needs three months out in the paddock to build up for next time," he said.
It was one of two wins for sons of Roll With Joe across the eight-race card.
Roll Out continued his good run of form for Wagga trainer-driver Brett Hogan later on the card.
After downing Lettuce Roll by 6.5 metres, Roll Out has now won two of his last four starts as well as a second.
Menames Needy made the most of a late slight to bring up his first win in the opening race of the card.
Veteran trainer-driver Ray White was able to weave a late passage the field of two-year-olds.
Menames Needy went on to down Reddel by a half neck.
White left his run late but was thrilled to see an opening appear in the dying stages.
"I was in a lot of trouble but the gap come and he showed a bit of dash to get through it," White said.
Menames Needy added to a good start for Yirribee Pacing Stud stallion Warrawee Needy.
He became the fifth Warrawee Needy winner from seven foals to race from his debut crop.