South Australian-owned squaregaiter Farbio landed the money with an all-the-way win at Shepparton.
Farbio didn't put a foot wrong for reinsman Brian Gath and the win, at his sixth start, was a reward for Tony's perisistence.
Farbio, who is raced by Lachie and Paul Cormack, has always shown ability but was just a matter of "putting it all together".
"He's always looked like he had it and I've liked him from day one, but unfortunately he did make a few mistakes here and there," Tony said.
"I drove him at the trials leading up to the win and he didn't miss a beat, so we were hoping he would take those manners to the races, and that's exactly what he did," he said.
"He'll benefit from more racing because he's just got to keep learning at this stage."
Farbio demonstrated his potential with a fourth at his first start at Kilmore and Tony said he was pleased to be able to chalk up a win for the Cormack boys.
"They have raced quite a few with us over the years and it's always great to see them get success," he said.
"We wont be in any hurry to rush him back to the action but try to pick out a suitable race in the next few weeks."
Farbio is one of only four race horses being prepared by Tony as he and the team manage another busy stud season at St Fort.