Even trainer Terry Powter was shocked by Beachesndream’s effort at bolter’s odds at Wagga on Friday.
Sent out a $108 chance, Beachesndream was able to lead all the way to take out The Daily Advertiser – Courtney Rees Pace (1755m).
It was just his second win in 19 starts, and first since April, but he held off an unlucky Recipe For Dreaming ($3) to win by 1.3 metres.
After a seventh and two eighths in his last three starts Powter was far from confident despite drawing barrier one.
“I really didn’t think he would go much today but Jess (Prior, driver) proved me wrong,” Powter said.
Powter was definitely pleased she did.
He thought improved manners from the gun draw really helped the four-year-old.
“The last couple of times he’s been off the front and has been coming out really good and today he drew number one and came out even better,” Powter said.
“If you are outside four you aren’t much chance,” he said.
Prior believes running on the pegs is the key to the son of Somebeachsomewhere’s fortunes.
“I’ve got faith in him when he’s on the pegs, but when he’s off the pegs he’s no good,” she said.
“He went good and from one or seven he’s always a chance.”
Meanwhile Reece Maguire drove a winner in his last meeting in the region before making the move to Queensland.
The Leeton reinsman is set to join Darrell Graham’s stable as he looks to have a full-time go at harness racing.
The 26-year-old thought the time was right to make the change.
“It should be a good opportunity,” Maguire said.
“I’ve always wanted to do it and things didn’t work out at work.
“I’ve got my claim for another 12 months and thought I would go up and give it a go.”
Maguire considered a trip west to link with Justin Prentice, but thought Queensland would be a better fit.
He’ll join cousin Paul Diebert in the driving ranks there.
“There were a few options up there but this one really met the criteria,” he said.
Maguire drove Kerobokan to victory, leading all of the way in the Southwest Stockfeeds Pace (1755m).
After getting no peace out in front last time out, Maguire was able to dictate terms this time around.
He thought it helped the five-year-old to his eighth win.
“He got left alone a bit in front and that was what we were hoping for,” Maguire said.
“His run two starts back considering he copped a lot of pressure.
“I thought if I could get a cheap quarter or half he would be hard to beat.”
Maguire was pleased to get a winner in his last meeting before venturing north, especially for Albury horseman John Scott.
“It is always good to drive a winner for Johnny too,” he said. “He’s been pretty loyal to me ever since I started my career and I’m very grateful for the opportunity he’s give me and everyone else.”