Flying Ricciardo did exactly what everyone expected he would at Bathurst on Monday night, winning the Regional Final of the TAB Million Dollar Chase, and advancing to the semi-finals of the event at Wentworth Park on October 9.
Coincidentally, it's the identical path taken by Good Odds Harada 12 months ago, a path which culminated in victory and a cheque for $1 million for that dog's connections.
But while Harada was the star then, Flying Ricciardo is the new 'it' dog on the racing scene and Monday's success in a slick 29.58s took his record to 12 wins and two seconds from 14 starts.
"I'm just so glad that he's through and we can just relax a little bit for a couple of weeks," said owner/trainer Kristy Sultana. "Tonight was all about qualifying.
"We want to get a couple of little things fixed on him ... he's just got a couple little niggling injuries but nothing serious, so we just want to get him 100% right, and then we'll get him ready (for the semi-finals)."