Justin Baker says having two starters in the group 1 $110,000 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup on Saturday night is massive.
Baker heads up the "Big Wookie Racing Group", which has part ownership in the Emma Stewart-trained duo The Storm Inside and Phoenix Prince.
What makes the achievement all the more satisfying is that two six-year-olds were among the first purchases the syndicate made in its own right at the 2015 Australian Pacing Gold yearling sale in Melbourne.
The Melbourne-based Baker said to have them now racing on the cups circuit was exciting for all involved.
The Storm Inside and Phoenix Prince have followed much different paths to get to this point.
The Storm Inside was an instant hit - winning his first six starts as a 2yo, including a group 1 APG final.
Illness and injury have had a say, but since returning from a lengthy break in September last year The Storm Inside has shown he has the potential to go right to the top.
Baker said Phoenix Prince was always going to be a late starter, with him purchased with the knowledge that he would require surgery. Subsequently he did not have his first start until he was a 3yo. Then after just two outings, he had more than a year off the scene.
The patience paid off, with Phoenix Prince winning eight of his first 10 starts.
Baker said the emergence of Phoenix Prince on the country cups scene this season had been a revelation.
He said he was considered best over the short distances early in his career and it was on the advice of Stewart's partner Clayton Tonkin he be tried over the longer trips.
Phoenix Prince has gone from strength-to-strength, taking all before him on the country cups circuit with wins in Geelong, Cranbourne and Shepparton, and top three finishes at Stawell and Bendigo.
Baker said getting a run in Ballarat was going a whole new level and hopefully would be a stepping stone to what be an even bigger dream - a start in the group 1 AG Hunter Cup at Melton two weeks later.
Ballarat Pacing Cup night will feature nine races.