Gundagai trainer Jim Scobie enjoyed his first victory in five years as Bon's Kingdom broke her maiden in style at Corowa on Thursday.
Scobie was reluctant to make the 470 kilometre round trip to Corowa but did so on the advice of jockey Bradley Vale.
It proved to be sound advice as Bon's Kingdom ($8.00) bounced straight to the front after pinging the gates and cruised to an easy win in the Corowa Chaff Mill Maiden Handicap (1300m).
In fact, Corowa has been a happy hunting ground for Scobie and it was where he enjoyed his last winner, when Zero To Ten won on July 17, 2016.
Scobie has not had a lot of runners during that time but was still pleased to be back in the winner's stall.
"I haven't had a winner in a while, so it was good," Scobie said.
"She showed at Wagga the other day that she was starting to learn the game a little bit. It was a good run at Wagga in a good field.
"I took the advice of the jockey, he put me onto this race. He was super confident that she could win this race so Brad deserves credit. I didn't want to go all that way."
Scobie also paid credit to his son, Ben Blay, who had the horse initially.
Bon's Kingdom is a half sister to in-form Wagga galloper Zakeriz and Blay sent her down to Scobie to put the finishing touches on in a bid to get him back among the winners.
Bon's Kingdom won by one and a half lengths from Victory Chuckle ($2.30) and Fil ($18), who ran a much-improved race.
Scobie hopes there is a few more wins in the five-year-old mare.
Meantime, Wangaratta trainer Craig Weeding and jockey Jake Duffy combined for a winning double, courtesy of Controversial Miss ($2.15) and Jelt ($4.40).
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