Brisbane plans after winning double at Ballina
LISMORE trainer Peter Youngberry led in a winning double at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting yesterday.
Seven-year-old mare Mini Delago ($5) finished a length-and-half clear of Master Fibba ($8) with five-year-old gelding Jigsaws ($4 favourite) another half-length back third in the $15,000 Slipway Hotel Movember Benchmark 65 Handicap (1300m).
It's the second time Mini Delago ($5) has won at Ballina this month after taking out a Benchmark 55 (1260m) less than a fortnight ago.
"I was pretty confident coming in but you have to expect the unexpected when it comes to horse racing," Youngberry said.
"We'll probably take her to Eagle Farm (Brisbane) for a1300m now.
"We'll see how it pans out; otherwise we'll keep her down here and keep poking around.
"She was always travelling well on the quarter-mile and nobody was going to get anywhere near her.
"She's matured a bit late and now she's just starting to get better with age."
Youngberry has trained the horse for only three months, taking over from Gary Nielsen and after a six-month spell.
Toowoomba jockey Ben Looker was thrilled with the win after a handful of previous rides on the mare.
"I rode her as a three-year-old in Brisbane and always thought she had potential," Looker said.
"I had a nice alley with 650 metres to go and she really toughed it out.
"She is the kind of horse that should keep improving and still have plenty ahead of her."
Earlier, Youngberry had a win with When My Baby ($6) in the Mumtaj Indian Restaurant Class 2 Handicap (1300m).
The four-year-old mare finished a half-length ahead of Just So Bruno ($3.80) with Fault Lion($11) a further length back.
"We'll take it one step at a time with her," Youngberry said.
"It's only her third start with our stable and I was pretty confident with the two runners we had today.
"Her last start on the Gold Coast was an enormous run and she was a good thing today."