Ben Aubron is an integral part of the powerful Yabby Dam Racing operation in Cardigan.
The Frenchman has been working at the state-of-the-art stable and stud complex for the past few years and plays a key role in the education of the yard's "babies".
And the 27-year-old was able to celebrate an extra special success last Saturday night when the one horse trained under his name saluted in the Club Menangle NSW Trotters Derby (2400m).
Xebec was the gelding that captured group 2 glory at just his seventh run for Aubron.
"To win a race like that... we worked so hard to do this.. we wake up in the morning dreaming about this, to win some big race like this," he said. "I think I've got a really nice horse."
A far-reaching combination of nationalities helped achieve the triumph, with New Zealander Jack MacKinnon at the controls for the French trainer.
MacKinnon settled Xebec back in the field for much of the trip and then capitalised on the early speed to run down front-runner and Yabby Dam rival All Cashed Up. In the end, Xebec raced clear to score by more than seven metres, with All The Muscles rocketing home to pip All Cashed Up for second.
The win - at the bolter's price of $31 - came on the back of his maiden victory at Maryborough just a fortnight earlier.
Xebec, which is a son of Orlando Vici, has now won two and placed in another two of his 10 career outings.
His first three runs were under the name of Yabby Dam's head trainer Anton Golino.
Aubron said the plan was to now send the horse back to Menangle on May 25 for another group 2 event.
Aubron arrived in Australia close to five years ago primarily as a monte rider and joined Yabby Dam Racing after an early stint with Craig Demmler.
"It's really different from back home, the racing. But it's a really good country and good people," he said.
Meanwhile, Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander was celebrating after landing the Porter Plant Cup BM78 Handicap with Buena Veloz.
The win was the horse's second inside a week on the Ballarat synthetic surface, which was officially unveiled on Friday.