Stable star "Bazza" (Barimah) was gallant in defeat in the Group Three Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup.
Barimah did himself no favors with a tardy beginning, which was always going to make it a huge task to get into the action.
He was always at the rear of the field but once again showed he is as tough as nails by going down by a metre to 100-1 shot Kotare Roland.
Tony still plans to aim Bazza at the Hunter Cup, as it's no secret he is extremely pleased with the pacer at present.
The other stable runner at Cobram, Fours Enuf Tas, continued his run of consistent form with a third behind the smart Juliette Bromac.
It was an excellent performance in a slick mile-rate, so it might pay to keep following the pacer in his next few outings.