THE Wangaratta-based training partnership of John and Chris Ledger landed a winning double on their home track yesterday with horses at very different stages of their careers.
Lightly raced four-year-old Thisgoingsomewhere broke through for his first win at his third start.
And veteran mare Solar Strike chalked up her eighth win in the twilight of her career.
Solar Strike is headed to the breeding barn and is expected to have only a start or two for the stable.
Ridden by Jarrod Fry, Solar Strike ($8) showed plenty of fight over the final 200 metres to stave off the challenge of Seymour raider Aces And Angels and her stablemate Better Be Sure.
The mare has had an affinity for her home track with four of her eight wins at Wangaratta.
“She is a ripper, Solar Strike,” Chris Ledger said.
“She has been to stud a few times and things haven’t quite worked out so we keep bringing her back.
“Quality Thoroughbreds, who are a good friend of ours, have recently bought her.
“She will go off to stud now to be served and she might come back and have one or two more starts and be retired by Christmas time.”
Ledger predicted bigger wins in store for Thisgoingsomewhere ($7.50) after he overcame a wide barrier to score first-up with Dale Smith aboard.
“He just had a few minor problems early on in his career and we decided not to trial him and take him to the races fresh today,” he said.
“We were quietly confident with him and he looks to be a likely type.
“We will just find a nice race for him in about a fortnight.
“He looks to be a nice progressive horse in the making.”
The running of the fourth race was delayed for more than an hour after stewards and jockeys inspected a section of track near the 500-metre mark. They were concerned that the track there was too slippery.
Stewards deemed the track safe and the meeting proceeded without incident.
The Ledger stable will trial several runners at Benalla today, including promising colt I’m Ready For This.
I’m Ready For This scored an impressive debut win at Wodonga by five lengths in May before running midfield at Moonee Valley and Caulfield.
Ledger said the three-year-old colt would most likely tackle a city race first-up after enjoying a spell over the winter months.