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.