CELEBRATIONS could continue well into the night if locally-owned Something Borrowed lands Friday's $50,000 Robert Oatley Vineyards Mudgee Cup (1600m).
Something Borrowed is trained at Dubbo by former jockey Justin Stanley but his group of 10 owners are all from Mudgee.
"They are a great bunch of owners and are thrilled that their horse is in the Mudgee Cup," said Stanley.
"They will be out in force with a large group of friends to cheer him on.
“They'd obviously love to win their local cup and I think he will be very hard to beat if he gets the right run in the race."
Something Borrowed is now an eight-year-old, but has been racing in great form.
"He's an eight-year-old who thinks he's three and he's only had the 30 starts so he hasn't been over-raced," said Stanley.
Back in March he won a $100,000 heat of the Country Championships at Dubbo before finishing eighth of 16 to Clearly Innocent in the $500,000 Country Championship final at Randwick on April 2.
More recently he finished second to Any Blinkin' Day in the Dubbo Cup (1600m) on September 20 and third to Can I Have and Brilliant Poet in the Coonamble Cup (1600m) on October 9 before winning the Cotton Cup (1600m) at Warren on November 6.
"Any Blinkin' Day, who seems to love wet tracks, was just a bit too good in heavy going in the Dubbo Cup and then in the Coonamble Cup they got away from my horse a bit on the home turn, but he was really hitting the line hard at the finish," said Stanley.