Mount Isa campaigner Deadly Choices may have earned his chance for big city redemption in Brisbane next month.
The Damien Finter-trained Deadly Choices was beaten in a deceptive photo finish to the $175,000 Battle Of The Bush at Eagle Farm on June 22.
He has been successful in each subsequent run, sealing a winning hat trick on his home track on October 5 in the Mt Isa qualifier for the Country Cups Challenge.
Winners may advance to the $105,000 Cups Challenge final at Doomben on November 30.
Last weekend Deadly Choices, ridden by Dan Ballard was simply too good for rivals.
Former Brisbane rider Jason Babarovich, who holds a trainers and jockeys licence, completed a Mt Isa double with stablemates Safdie (Colonial Supermarkets Handicap 1000m) and Bold Sam (Cava Lord Derby Stakes 1200m).
In Tara, Toowoomba trainer Jackie Crompton was also on the right side of the ledger in a Country Cups qualifier, saddling Ritchford (Cecily Eaton) to win from Splitz and The Irons.
Senior hoop Jason Missen was the odd man out at Tara as the only male jockey to ride a winner. Besides Eaton, Stephanie Lacy (La Belle La Belle and See For Yourself) and Tess Townsend (Mac's Gal) were victorious.
The Eidsvold meeting belonged to Matthew Gray, who rode four winners - She's On Point and Salty's Boy for Gladstone trainer Ian Seeds, Life Be In It for Bundaberg's Samara De Paoli and Silent Flyer for Norma King, of Chinchilla.
Captain's Way, trained by Jade Doolan in Mackay, pushed his track earnings within reach of $120,000 after claiming a 10th career win in the Bill Dawson Memorial Gordonvale Cup (1800m).
Bush legend Charlie Prow won another race with I Am A Lad in the Great Day Out Jundah Cup (1200m). Ridden by Emma Bell, I Am A Lad beat Kakakenny and Bench Pegasus and gave Blackall stables a winning treble with Clinton Austin (Some Old Story) and David Rewald (Menacing) also successful.