Bracelet a Ballina triumph

BALLINA trainer John Hubbard was all smiles when two-year-old filly Aussie Triumph ($7.50) took out the Gem Array Jewellers Bracelet (1250m) at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting yesterday.

Hubbard was one of four Ballina trainers to get a win at the meeting, which was highlighted by the $25,000 race for two-year-olds.

The other successful Ballina trainers were Danny Bowen, Kevin Nipperess and Terry McCarthy.

Aussie Triumph finished ahead of Aronson and Jacar-anda Avenue in the Bracelet.

"I'm thrilled," Hubbard told The Northern Star.

"We decided about six weeks ago that we would have a real crack at this race.

"I took her to Wyong last week and she got beaten by a head.

"It was probably a good thing in the end because I think it toughened her up a bit.

"I bought her at the Magic Millions for not a lot of mon-ey and she's gone all right.

"It's good for a local to get a win and good for the town, I suppose.

"She'll go straight back to the paddock tomorrow and have a spell and then hopefully come back as a bigger and better three-year-old."

Last year's Ballina Bracelet winner Never Doubt Me has since gone on to win $229,000 prizemoney while others have won the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

Port Macquarie jockey Peter Graham was thrilled with the win.

"It's a tough little horse and I really think it will be something later on," Graham said.

"It's a hard race but I drew a good barrier (three) and that really helped in the end."

The next TAB meeting on the Northern Rivers will be at the Lismore Turf Club next Saturday.

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