THERE’S no place like home for the Ballina combination of Darron Coleman and Danny Bowen.
The pair have continued their winning run at Ballina Jockey Club on Saturday.
Both men had two wins and two second placings at the weekend and almost made it a treble with serial place-getter Norwood, who went down by a nose in the second race as he stepped up to a mile.
As he did last weekend at Lismore, Coleman warmed into the day before riding the last two winners.
The local hoop called on every ounce of his strength to get Star of Amy across the line for ex-Ballina trainer Andrew Cowell.
A short-priced favourite after winning easily at Lismore a week prior, Star of Amy pulled away from the field on the turn and went for home.
But Emily Kehoe took the Dennis Dwane-trained Aladdin Sane up to the hot-pot and they went to the line locked in a ding-dong battle for the prize.
The judges’ photo revealed that Star of Amy had scored his second win on a bog track in as many weeks.
While the Ballina boys combined for the winner of the fifth with Dontcomonday, a bold move by Coleman didn’t pay off when he rode last-start winner Dowden in the third race.
With 60kg Coleman sent Dowden six lengths in front but he was run down by another Bowen runner, Mr Melov with impressive apprentice Motoki Okada on board.
Earlier in the day apprentice Jessica Greacen produced a solid hands-and-heels ride to get long-shot Go Winner its fist victory.
The Bowen-Coleman combination had the favourite in that race as well with new addition Stralini, but Go Winner made it all look easy for Coffs Harbour trainer Trevor Hardy.
Bowen leads the Northern Rivers trainers premiership with 21 winners; Brett Bellamy and John Shelton are tied for second on 18.
Meanwhile, Coleman continues to close the gap on the jockeys premiership – his 26 winners have him seven adrift of leading hoop Raymond Spokes.