Tough Scone gelding Akasaki took his earnings to $392,085 when he lumped 61 kilograms to win the 900-metre Hurricane Handicap at Newcastle on Saturday.
The Hurricane was the feature race on day two of the Newcastle Jockey Club's spring carnival.
As expected, the pace was a cracker from the outset and Grant Buckley allowed Akasaki to drift back worse than midfield.
The six-year-old improved approaching the turn and he was within striking distance 400m out. He raced past the leaders in the last 100m to win by two lengths.
It was Akasaki's 10th win from 39 starts for his 12 owners, who, bar one, reside in Scone.
Akasaki started his career in Muswellbrook with Todd Willan, who won three races with him. His first start for Stephen Jones was at Dubbo in May 2017 when he bolted in.
"Akasaki is an underrated horse and I can't praise him enough," said Jones, who moved to Scone from the Gold Coast three years ago.
"He cost the owners $2000 and he has won almost $400,000.
"I have never put two lead bags on a horse before Saturday. The bags nearly weighed me down.
"He showed how tough he is to carry 61 and run sensational time.
"Akasaki will probably head to Warwick Farm for a race in a couple of weeks. He has won a couple of times there and is going as well as ever, and he loves to be fresh."
The clash of promising four-year-olds Tricky Gal and Aoraki in the 1600m benchmark 64 was always going to be one of the highlights of the meeting.
Mare Tricky Gal had won two from three but should have been unbeaten. She was very unlucky when beaten a nose at Wyong three starts earlier.
Aoraki, in his third race start, won a Newcastle maiden by more than four lengths on September 3.
Tricky Gal was allowed to drift back from a wide barrier by Christian Reith and she had only four horse behind her at the 1200m point.
Aoraki was slow away and settled second last, tracking Tricky Gal, which sprinted 400m from home.
The Matthew Smith-trained mare put three lengths on Aoraki and raced to the lead. Aoraki pegged the margin back to a length at the post.
Newcastle trainers Kris Lees (Hooray Henry), Paul Perry (Amazing Peace) and Mark Minervini (Martinique) all had a win on the program.
Aaron Bullock landed a winning treble to maintain his lead in the Australian jockeys' premiership.