Before his win with Ancona last week, it had been nearly two years since Spreyton trainer Mark Ganderton tasted success at his home track.
He could make it two victories in as many weeks at the venue if Skip Town Mike can get a bit of luck in a Benchmark 74 Handicap on Sunday.
Resuming after a spell a fortnight ago, the eight-year-old gelding ran a credible fifth in a Benchmark 66 Handicap that was won by Cabarrus, who he will come up against again.
With Skip Town Mike dropping 5.5kg in the weights and fitter for the run, Ganderton is expecting a better showing, but wouldn't be surprised if there is plenty more improvement to come.
"I was happy with him a fortnight ago because he was pretty fat," Ganderton said.
"My gut feeling is that he is probably one run away from his best but I think he'll improve.
"Cabarrus is the one to beat again on Sunday from barrier one but I feel we'll be a lot closer this time despite drawing barrier six.
"It can be a tricky starting barrier at Spreyton at the 1350m distance because you race for 100 and them have to turn the corner.
"I think he's at his best when he finds the front, but there looks to be a little too much pressure for him on Sunday, and from his gate he will probably slot in around third or fourth."
Down the track, Ganderton is looking to aim Skip Town Mike at a race like the Golden Mile where he believes the horse is better suited by the distance.
Those ambitions will be helped if the former Victorian horse can find its 2019 form that saw it win three races and place second on five occasions.
"If we can get him back to the form he showed last year it wouldn't be unrealistic to have a look at a Golden Mile with him, but with his age you just have to see how they are going," Ganderton said.
"Since he's come to Tassie he's been really consistent for us and rarely puts in bad run."
"He is a better horse when he can find the front and dictate but that will probably come when he gets out to the mile distance.
"These races are just a tad too quick for him - horses like Weekend Whisky, Cabarrus and Dothraki Princess, I'm not sure too many of them will progress out to a mile - so hopefully the tempo comes out of the race when he steps up in distance and he's able to find the front on his own terms."
Cabarrus enters the race on the back of two consecutive wins for trainer Leanne Gaffney, while plenty will be expected of the Scott Brunton-trained Banstead, who resumes after a impressive 2019-2020 season that saw it win its last four races after three consecutive seconds at the Spreyton track.
The eight-race card at Spreyton gets underway at 11.35am.