Trainer Andrew Dale ensured he finished the season on a high after landing a double at Corowa on Tuesday.
With Racing Victoria opting for a race-free week, Dale had a big team of 13 horses engaged at the meeting.
The stable struck early in the meeting after Mojo Music stormed home from well back in the field to take out the $22,000 Maiden Hcp, (1000m) with Brodie Loy aboard.
Dale said he was surprised to see Mojo Music get so far back in the run before being able to make a winning debut for the stable.
“He was in a really difficult position early in the run and in his jump outs had shown us really good gate speed,” Dale said.
“So it was a little bit nerve wracking when he was back early and doing a lot of things wrong and over-racing and on the wrong leg.
“But he does have a lot of natural ability and I think that’s what got him through today.”
The stable completed the double after Mescaminto won the $24,000 Class One Hcp, (1400m) with Shaun Guymer in the saddle.
Mescaminto stalked the early leader and careered away for a dominant victory of almost five lengths when Guymer released the brakes half-way down the straight.
The three-year-old filly is building a consistent record with two wins and two minor placings from five career starts.
“She is a nice filly and has shown us a lot in everything she has done so far,” Dale said.
“Credit goes to my son, Frazer, who has managed the team really well lately.
“She is a nice filly with plenty of upside and thanks for the owners who support the stable and congratulations on the win.
“I think the further she gets out in trip, the better she will be.
“She did run second to Mitch Beer’s promising filly Sunrise Ruby last week at Albury and Richard Bensley is of the opinion that Sunrise Ruby is as good as filly that he has ridden in the past couple of seasons.
“So based on that we were quietly confident of a strong showing today.”
Words: Brent Godde (The Border Mail)
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