A big salute as Billysbredone headed to the line showed it was more than just your run of the mill win at Riverina Paceway on Tuesday.
On the third anniversary of the death of his best mate and fellow junior driver Nic Dewar, Young reinsman Blake Micallef raised his whip to the heavens.
Micallef was thrilled to taste success.
"It was definitely nice to win," Micallef said.
"I try not to think about it too much but the only reason I knew was Mum told me."
Trained by his father David, Billysbredone had finished runner up in four of his last five starts.
Micallef was pleased the six-year-old returned to his best after winning three in quick succession in the winter.
"The horse has been knocking on the door and they are excellent owners so it is always good to get a win for them" he said.
"He takes a while to come back from a spell but the more you race him the fitter he gets and the fitter he gets the better he becomes."
Making an early move to find the front, Billysbredone shot clear of his rivals up the straight, allowing plenty of time for Micallef to raise his whip before Go Anne Go closed the margin to 3.4 metres.
Meanwhile Michael Towers tasted success after moving to the region with Our Reason Todream bringing up her first win at start six.