BALLINA trainer Andrew Pilling landed his most important winner at Lismore yesterday.
Dream Habit, ridden by Robbie Fradd, came from well back to grab the lead near the line and win the Workers Club Rousillon (1516m) and give the former South African jockey a double.
Earlier in the day Fradd, who has won Group races around the world, won the Tursa Class 1 (1300m) for Matthew Dunn.
"This is certainly my most important win on this circuit," Pilling said.
"Dream Habit is only a pony and was probably racing out of his class but the damp track suited him.
"He has been unlucky in several of his starts and we were looking for a race for him, and his owner, Marcus Smith said why not run him in the Rousillon.
"He said he wasn't afraid to tackle open company with him and he was right.
"Unfortunately Marcus had to work and couldn't get here.
"I feel really proud to win this race because Rousillon was a legend around here many years ago.
"I remember I was brought over here as a kid to see him.
"He was in a box over at the back of this track and I remember this big dark horse. I don't know how many races he won but he won a lot."
Fradd settled Dream Habit in the second half of the field, came down the centre of the track and grabbed the favourite Dantga near the line to win by half a neck.
Former Victorian trainer Jennifer Williams and her daughter, apprentice Rebecca Williams, are rapidly developing a soft spot for Lismore after Love and Lies won the Hernes Freight Service Untamed Sprint (1200m).
They have been to two Lismore meetings and gone away with two winners after Chasing Liberty scored here three weeks ago.
"We are two from two and loving it," Williams said.
The trainer moved from Wangaratta to Toowoomba four months ago and doubts that she will move back south.
"We are settled and the horses are settled," Williams said.
Rebecca Williams settled Love And Lies on the outside of the leader, Ballina Newmarket winner Hydrazine, went to the lead in the straight and held that horse off to beat him by one and a half lengths.
"Rebecca rode her well because instead of eyeballing the leader she just sat back on his girth," Williams said.
Love And Lies, a winner at Moonee Valley before coming north, will go to Brisbane in two weeks.