Wagga trainer-jockey Michael Travers has enjoyed his fourth win in his last 21 runners as a trainer after Blessed Award broke through for victory on Friday.
Travers steered Blessed Award to his first win in nine starts in the Schulz Family Maiden Plate (1400m) on Friday.
Blessed Award had had a couple of strong seconds this campaign and the $2.60 favourite sat just behind the leaders at Albury before Travers took the rails run to win by a length-and-a-half from Nick Olive's Deranged.
It was a more popular win with punters than that of the Wayne Carroll trained Tutus And Twirls ($51) who caused a boilover in the next, the Albury Brewhouse Maiden Plate (1400m) after Brodie Loy took off on a bold run from more than 800m out and held on for victory from Mitch Beer's Meladia.
Beer enjoyed a winning double with the impressive Branders Rule back to winning form with a huge finish to claim the class three handicap (1175m), while Baria broke its maiden earlier.
Fellow Albury trainer Ron Stubbs also had a double (both ridden ideally by Mathew Cahill) including a most impressive winner. The maiden win of Spritely Miss was just an entree to a dominant performance by Boss Lady Rocks in the benchmark 58 handicap over 900m, winning by three lengths.
It was the five-year-old mare's second win in four starts and Stubbs said he's considering sending her to an 1100m Highway Handicap in Sydney next weekend.
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