Joe Cleary's dream of reclaiming the Queanbeyan Cup came to fruition as Havaduel helped the local trainer land a winning quadruple.
Havaduel brought Cleary's local Cup back home in a thrilling fashion at Queanbeyan Racecourse on Sunday, thundering home under jockey Blaike McDougall for the $35,000 feature.
It was his fourth career win for Cleary since joining his stable from Victoria last year, capturing the elusive Queanbeyan Cup hat-trick the trainer had been dreaming of.
Eagle Hawke, a track specialist, hit the front momentarily before Havaduel took off and raced to the lead down the outside.
It started a three-way battle from the turn, with Havaduel edging out Pecuniary Interest and two-time champion Charlie Royale by 0.2 lengths.
"It's such a rewarding thing for the whole stable and also the guys at Moruya who helped me out. It's a massive team effort," Cleary said.
"This is a race I picked out for him three months ago, I said 'don't worry about his form coming into it, I'm aiming for one race and it's the Queanbeyan Cup'. There's nothing better than when a dream comes to fruition.
"Havaduel has had the iron in the fire this year and fortunately it was a pearler of a ride from Blaike McDougall.
"We got the job done and that's another Queanbeyan Cup on the mantelpiece for the Cleary clan."
The victory marked Cleary's third Queanbeyan Cup victory, having won it it twice in a row with Landlocked (2014) and Hudson County (2015).
It also ended Matt Stephens' winning streak, the Moruya trainer having won the past three editions with Charlie Royale and Whispered Prayer.
"They're a beautiful family who I've known my entire life. There's always friendly banter between myself and Matt," Cleary said.
"He was the first bloke to come and shake my hand after the race."
Cleary's day kicked off in perfect fashion when Little Krakatoa claimed the three-year-old plate (1000 metres) under Shaun Guymer.
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It was his third win on the trot with the jockey, the winning-sequence starting in August with a breakthrough maiden at Gundagai.
"He's a nice horse moving forward and is going to have a fantastic future. I'm really looking forward to what comes for him next Autumn," Cleary said.
"He won't have a heavy preparation this time around. He'll have one more run before Christmas before heading back to the paddock."
Concrete continued Cleary's winning streak when he surged ahead to a comfortable victory in the Tony Campbell Memorial handicap (1200 metres).
Kiss My Swiss secured his namesake race the Thunderbolt handicap (1000 metres) to finish his successful day, edging out Fabian Azzopardi's Look Only by 1.31 lengths.
Trainer Michael Sparrow notched another local win for Queanbeyan, with Fly Like An Eagle securing the Class 3 handicap (1460 metres) by a tight margin.