Junee reinsman Cameron Hart scored his first treble including a surprise victory in a NSW Breeders Challenge heat at Wagga on Tuesday night.
In the biggest win of his young career, Hart drove Sounds Of Terror to victory for Victorian trainer Anton Golino.
Golino primarily trains trotters, but the sent two-year-old filly north for the Group One series.
The daughter of Western Terror had finished fifth in both her two starts to date, but surprised punters with her victory.
Sounds Of Terror ($21.20) enjoyed a slice of luck with $1.40 favourite Man Hands galloped coming around the turn for home.
Terry Coelli’s cost herself any chance of victory and left a clear path for Sounds Of Terror to score her first win.
While Sounds Of Terror didn’t have the same numerical form as her rivals, stable representative Shaun McNaulty wasn't overly surprised by the performance.
“We thought she would go pretty good but thought it would be hard to beat the favourite too,” McNaulty said.
“It was out of characteristic.
“Maybe she was disappointed in that first start but since then she has been working really good and is sort of a new horse.
“It just took her a while to work out what racing is about.”
Hart was thrilled with the victory.
“It was my first drive for Anton so it was good to get a win for him,” Hart said.
“He is a good trainer and it gets my name out there was well too.”
Hart and McNaulty were both confident in her chances of winning before Man Hands broke.
“I was just starting to peel out and she was travelling real strong with the plugs in,” Hart said.
“I think she would have given the favourite a scare anyway.”
Sounds Of Terror defeated Bruce Harpley’s Why Not Now ($14) by 2.4 metres with the other Victorian Our Chateau Latife ($4.70) a further 16.1 metres away in third.
Hart also tasted success earlier in the card with Gonksi for Shane Hillier and brought up with Flaneur first win for Gary Lang.
Flaneur had been placed on nine occasions, including at Wagga on Friday night, but finally greeted the judge first at start 34.
After picking up a number of doubles, the 17-year-old was happy to be able to go one better.
“I’ve had a fair few doubles but always missed out so it was go to get it,” Hart said.
The colts and geldings heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge also went to a Victorian.
Little Peanut showed he’s a horse with big potential for trainer-driver Greg Sugars with a 8.2-metre win.
Taking advantage of a strong early tempo, Sugars was able to bide his time at the back before unleashing a strong sprint to win.
It was the little chestnut’s third win from five starts.
Sugars was pleased with his efforts.
“He travelled up here really well, I was happy with him leading into the race and he had things go his way with the way the race was run but to the horse’s credit he knuckled down and hit the line really strong,” Sugars said.
Brett Woodhouse’s Sword And Shield was second across the line but was relegated to third after David Hewitt has his protest upheld.
The Wagga reinsman was ruled to have caused interference to Stone Cracker, with stewards elevating him into second place.