HAMILTON trainer Ron Daniel pulled off a great training coup when he won with 6-Y-O mare Lagello at Naracoorte.
Having her first start for the stable, she won over the 1000m trip after a two and a half year lay-off.
Previously trained by Flemington based trainer Saab Hasan, the mare was strong to the line after racing on the pace throughout.
Backed from $8 into $6, the win was her first from eight lifetime starts.
Shayne Cahill rode daughter of Niello.
In other racing results, Emerald Jim almost made it back-to-back wins for connections at Terang last Monday.
The Allan Clark trained gelding was sent out a $3.50 favourite after his recent win at Hamilton and but for working a little harder than needed to find the lead, possibly would have held on for victory.
Once again ridden by Nikita Beriman, the 5-Y-O took almost 400m to find the lead and in the end that took its toll late in the big Terang straight.
Ironically Beriman’s younger sister Jackie nabbed her on the post riding the Aaron Purcell trained roughie, Bonnie Glyn ($26).
With Emerald Jim still being a 58 rated galloper another win or two looks likely as we head into the summer racing period.
Clark also had Le Grand Ace race and, although only finishing sixth, it was a solid effort to be beaten less than three lengths in a strong BM70 event won by the Darren Weir trained mare, Five All.
Racing in the region heads to Stawell today, followed by Terang seven days later.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, December 14, 2013