South Australian pacer Ideal World gave leading reinsman Mark Yole his second North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale on Friday night.
Runner-up to Ryley Major in the recent Golden Apple final, Ideal World was sent out $2.70 favourite and, after galloping for a couple of strides at the start, settled in third place.
Yole then went forward to sit outside the leader Falcon Harry and when Ideal World poked his head in front at the 500m his backers would have been confident he was headed for victory.
El Jays Mystery battled on well for second after racing one-out, one-back, and last year's winner Black Centurian was a brave third off the 20m back mark.
The winner is trained at Gawler by Aaron Bain.
Yole previously won the race on Major Callum in 2016.
He finished the meeting with three wins, having scored earlier for his brother Ben on Oneofthelads and Stylish Trend.
Ben Yole also won with Punchinello, driven by Troy McDonald.
Favourite-backers would have been happy a long way from home in race one.
Trainer-driver Todd Rattray was able to sit behind the pace on Kens Chips while Ragstoriches and Miss Cracker went to war up front.
Nancys Baby came off the winner's back to grab second with Ragstoriches battling on well for third.
Rohan Hillier chipped in for a win in race four with odds-on favourite Boss Max who just got home after facing the breeze.
Bianca Heenan picked up the last race with Drifting Away after two late scratchings and several horses breaking in the run.
Given that it was a field of seasoned horses with an average age of nine it was a very unruly display.