GIRL power came to the fore at Wodonga racecourse yesterday as trainers Liz Aalbers and Sylvia Thompson claimed half of the eight-race card on their home track.
Both trainers landed a double, with Prairie Gold and Prairie Sun saluting for Aalbers.
Thompson chimed in with Our Edition and Allelu, who was an impressive winner in the final event.
Adding to the female flavour, Kiwi jockey Linda Meech partnered Our Edition and also landed a double after Follow The Dream saluted for the training partnership of Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison.
Aalbers said she planned to celebrate landing a rare double with quite a few drinks.
“I reckon it’s odds-on that I will be on the Riccadonna tonight,” Aalbers said.
“Tonight’s going to be big — I might ring up sick in the morning.”
Prairie Gold ($12) was resuming from a 17-week spell and led all of the way for jockey Andrew Bloomfield.
“She has got her fair share of ability but I think she is a lot better racing the NSW way,” she said.
“She is inclined to shift out a bit going the Victorian way.
“I thought she was a big chance in the race, going on the way she worked the other morning.”
Stablemate Prairie Sun ($6) was also resuming from a 15-week spell and finished powerfully for Wagga apprentice Nick Heywood after sitting third turning for home.
“I thought the little fella might have needed the run but the kid rode him a treat,” she said.
“He sat on fence and waited until after turning for home before he hooked him out — then said ‘see-ya later’.”
Thompson said Our Edition ($2.70 fav) would now head for a spell after her first win in her third start.
There could be bigger wins in store for stablemate Allelu ($6.50) who cruised to a 4¾-length romp with apprentice Jye McNeil aboard.
“She has improved out of sight and has been working really well,” Thompson said.
“Plus I couldn’t have Lizzy getting a double without myself having a go — I would have never heard the end of it.”