Former kiwi pacer Stirling Charmer continued his great run of form in Australia with victory in the first of this season's Victorian Country Cups Series, the $30,000 Group 3 Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup on Saturday evening.

Having already won nine of his 12 Australian starts to date, the Glenn Douglas trained pacer added his first Group Race feature to his resume with a strong staying performance in the 2570m race. Despite stepping away awkwardly the 6yo son of Live Or Die was sent to the front of the field with a mile to go and there on dictated the terms of the race, sprinting home in 28.5 to hold off Shardons Rocket by 1.6m.

The gelding's 11th race-day win improved his earnings to $75,283 and also booked him a spot in next Sunday's $70,000 Kilmore Cup.

Stirling Charmer is the first foal of the twice-winning Holmes Hanover mare Mona's Pride.