WAGGA trainer Maddy Collins enjoyed the first winner of her training career at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday.
Collins only kicked her training career off in January and was able to enjoy her maiden winner at Young Turf Club's Cup meeting, that was held on the Wagga Riverside track.
Withorn ($3.30) was the horse that did the job for Collins, taking out the Elevations Restaurant Class One Handicap (1660m).
To make the moment even more special, it was Collins' partner, Wagga apprentice Josh Richards, that rode Withorn to victory.
Collins revealed the win sent her into a state of shock.
"I was in shock," Collins said.
"I thought that I would be really excited because I'm a real energetic person but I just stood there. I was like, 'oh, we won'.
"But it was very exciting."
It only took Collins nine starters to break through for the maiden victory, and she had been building up to it with four minor placings before Thursday.
She said the win gives her a nice confidence boost moving forward.
"We've had a few placings and stuff and I was kind of like, what am I doing wrong with the horses that they aren't getting that extra oomph in them?" Collins said.
"So it has given me a bit of a confidence boost."
Withorn was only having his fourth run for Collins after being purchased from the Joseph-Jones team last year.
She and Caroline McKinnon purchased him off Inglis Digital and Collins could not be happier with how he's going in his first preparation with her.
"He's paid for himself now, definitely," she said.
"He'd been going over the sprints and I stepped him up. We went from 1000 to 1400 and then out to a mile. Now Josh seems to think he's going to get further, so we might try and look for an 1800 or even a 2000 somewhere and step him up again because he's just hitting the line so well."
Collins was confident of a strong showing on Thursday.
"I was actually, after his last run at Leeton where he fought on over the mile really well," she said.
"And then Josh gave him a gallop on Saturday and he was really strong in his gallop. Josh came back and he was quite confident and when Josh is confident, it gives me a lot of confidence as well.
"So going into today I was fairly confident we would be in the finish again."
Meantime, Wangaratta-based trainer Andrew Dale captured Thursday's feature race.
Parliament ($1.30) proved too good in the $12,000 South West Slopes Credit Union Young Cup Benchmark 74 Handicap (1660m).
It was a second leg of a winning double for leading apprentice Tyler Schiller, who partnered impressive debutant Lady Brook ($2.50) to a big win in the Hilltops Equine Centre Maiden Handicap (1050m) for his boss, Phil Sweeney, earlier in the day.
It was somewhat of a hometown Cup win for Schiller, who hails from Young.
John Kissick managed a couple of minor placings in his first day back.