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Ballina pair in fine form

WINNER: Jockey Darron Coleman enters the mounting yard on-board Yass River at yesterday.
WINNER: Jockey Darron Coleman enters the mounting yard on-board Yass River at yesterday. Jay Cronan

THE old firm of Danny Bowen and Darron Coleman proved irresistible again, combining to land the Pioneer Tavern Alstonville-Wollongbar Cup (1300m) with Yass River at the Ballina Jockey Club yesterday.

A patient ride saw the familiar yellow with blue diamonds and red sleeves pull out at just the right time to storm past Borsha’s Warrior and grab victory.

It was the first time the Cup had been run and won at Ballina and it was fitting that the Northern Rivers top combination should grab the spoils.

The victory provides $6500 to winning connections.

Borsha’s Warrior held on for second for Justin Stanley and Les Kelly, and Stephen Lee’s much-spruiked Felixtrinidad grabbed third (Ben Looker).

Coleman waited patiently while the grey, Borsha’s Warrior, stole a clear lead but produced Yass River confidently to grab a double.

Yass River, a six-year-old gelding by American stallion Daggers Dawn, has now won eight races from 28 attempts and earned almost $25,000 prizemoney for the Gundarroo stud syndicate which provides many of Bowen’s gallopers.

Signs were good from early on when Coleman notched up a win with maiden Galvao in the second race.

The Billy Pholi-trained galloper was second up from a spell and looks a handy horse in just its second preparation.

Casino gun Justin Stanley had also grabbed a double by the time the feature was won, going back-to-back on Miss Carnell and Misswan in the third and fourth races.