YOUNG trainer Maddy Collins hopes to bid Wagga farewell with a winner at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday.
Two years after taking out her trainer's licence, Collins will move on from Wagga to join her partner Josh Richards in Melbourne.
It is exciting times for the pair with not only Richards leading the Melbourne metropolitan apprentice jockey's premiership, but the pair are also expecting a baby boy in March.
She and four-year-old son Isaac will make the move down between Christmas and New Year's, making the Ted Ryder Cup meeting her last as a Wagga trainer.
"I've got mixed emotions. It's exciting but it's also sad leaving," Collins said.
"I've been here for two and a half years, training for two years. I got my licence here. It's exciting. Josh is going great guns over there. We'll take a couple of horses over and hopefully we can have a bit of success."
Collins hopes to go out a winner at Wagga. She will be represented by Bangalee Mist and Let's Get Animal.
Bangalee Mist ran third on debut and will have just her second race start in the Iron Jack Maiden Plate (1400m). Let's Get Animal is second up in the William Farrer Hotel Benchmark 58 Handicap (1400m).
Richard Bensley will ride both.
"I've got two genuine chances," Collins said.
"Bangalee Mist is drawn really well. It doesn't seem like an overly strong field. There's a couple there but if she can put her best foot forward then I think she can be in the finish.
"The same with the big fella. He's drawn a bit sticky but there doesn't appear to be too much speed so he should just be able to make his way across and be sitting in the first four and should be finishing off nice and strong.
"That Canberra run topped him off nicely. This was always the goal for him."
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Collins may have only been training a short time but she enjoyed plenty of success with the likes of Gotta Want It, Blazen Diamond and Let's Get Animal, just to name a few.
It was Let's Get Animal's Ardlethan Cup win that will be the fondest memory she leaves with.
"Probably the Ardlethan Cup, just because those girls, they were just ecstatic. It was such a good day," she said.
"It was a picnic meeting but seeing the joy in those girls' faces, it's what racing's all about.
"Probably Gotta Want It coming third in the Queen of the South, that was a thrill too. Competing in the Championships qualifier. I've had my first winner here.
"We've had lots of fun and good success. The horses have done well for us. We've bought them cheap and they've all paid for themselves and we've had a lot of fun along the way."
While the pending arrival her child is her immediate focus, Collins plans to stay training at their new Cranbourne base.
"Definitely. I'll keep two or three in work and we'll have the baby and then once we get on our feet again we'll start picking up some more horses and might get a couple from the sales and go on from there," she said.
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