He lost the services of Greg Ryan but Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm was delighted by the job Mathew Cahill did in the saddle of Arrivederci during Forbes Cup Day on Monday.
Champion jockey Ryan rode Arrivederci in a last start fifth at his home track but opted to take the ride on the promising and in-form Spilia at Forbes.
Lundholm turned to the equally experienced Cahill and was rewarded as $14 hope Arrivederci powered home to win the Forbes Jockey Club Class 1 Handicap (1400m).
Ryan and the Darren Hyde-trained Spilia, the $2.10 favourite, had to settle for third behind the fast-finishing Harley Fat Boy ($9.50).
"He was probably just a little bit unlucky at Dubbo and Greg was pretty confident he should have got a lot closer last start," Lundholm told Sky Thoroughbred Central after the win.
"He jumped ship today and we picked up Matty Cahill and lost nothing there and he got the job done in great style."
Arrivederci wasn't one of the best away when jumping from gate seven but Cahill got the lightly-raced four-year-old to move forward and sit comfortably midfield while Garry Lunn's Smart Ain't He ($8.50) and the Dean Mirfi-trained Hiburn ($41) set the pace.
The field began to bunch as they approached the turn for home and Cahill and fellow jockey Jake Pracey-Holmes moved Arrivederci and Harley Fat Boy respectively to the extreme outside.
It was Arriverderci who ran home the better, showing the turn of foot that has Lundholm feeling positive about his future when surging clear to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
"He's a nice little progressive type and we've always had a little wrap on him so it was really nice to see him get that win today," Lundholm added.
It was Lundholm's first win of the new season after he missed out with his seven chances at Gilgandra on Saturday.
The win on Monday came one event after Narromine trainer Kylie Kennedy succeeded with Wild Rocket.
The four-year-old mare made it back-to-back wins when taking out the International Gaming Technologies Class 1 Handicap (1400m) at Forbes.