Depth That Varies scored his fourth career win on Tuesday and now will compete in one of the biggest races of his career.
The Luke Morgan-trained gelding is headed to the $150,000 H&NWRA Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) after his win in the O'Neile Racing Class 3 Handicap (1000m) at the Tamworth Jockey Club.
Depth That Varies will go into the Country Championships Qualifier on March 7 at the Tamworth Jockey Club with one big question mark over the four-year-old's head: will he handle the step up in distance?
The gelding has raced at a high level before - as a two-year-old in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes - but never at anything further than 1200 metres.
"He's raced well over 1200 but he's never raced over the 14 [hundred metres]," Morgan said after Tuesday's win.
"A few things are in his favour: home track and he's had a couple runs this prep so has some good fitness.
"The 14 will be the query but Dylan Gibbons will stay on, he knows him well and it's too good to pass up.
"He's qualified to race for $150,000 on his home track and we're certainly going to give him that opportunity."
Gibbons and Depth That Varies have struck up a good relationship with the pair combining for two wins and a second from three starts.
The latest of those wins was an impressive one.
After sitting at the rear of the field for most of the race, Depth That Varies ate up the ground in the straight.
The four-year-old went straight past the whole field to claim the win by a length over Damien Lane's Ready to Roam.
"It was really good. The horse has his fair share of ability and races well here [in Tamworth]," Morgan said.
"He's had three starts for a second and two wins.
"He went to Sydney three weeks ago, didn't have a lot of luck and didn't race the way he normally does.
"It was good to see him win here today and that puts him in a position to race [in the qualifier]."
Home track advantage rings true for Depth That Varies with his impressive record in Tamworth.
Morgan thinks travel has something to with his gelding's better performances coming at home.
"He's a quirky sort of horse," Morgan said.
"He gets a bit fired up away from home.
"I think there's an advantage of no travel, only being two minutes out of town and he certainly leaves his best in the tank."