Stephen Aldridge breaks through for long-awaited home victory

Stephen Aldridge, pictured alongside His Spirit, returned to the winner's list with Pieceofeight at Wodonga.
Stephen Aldridge, pictured alongside His Spirit, returned to the winner's list with Pieceofeight at Wodonga.

Wodonga trainer Stephen Aldridge claimed his first win on his home track in almost two years with Pieceofeight on Sunday.

Aldridge last won at the venue on February 20, 2016, with Dangerous View, before bringing an end to the drought.

Pieceofeight ($5.50) broke away from the field with 600m to go, before holding off Lee and Shannon Hope’s Filbert Way by half-a-length to capture the first heat of the Grand Mile Handicap (1400m), the seventh race on the eight-race programme.

Aldridge almost landed a long-shot double with Swanhilde in the last on the card, which was narrowly beaten by Tudor Rule, trained by Corowa’s Geoff Duryea.

Wangaratta’s Adrian Corboy tasted success in race two with Knut ($16) upsetting hot favourite Estrella Fella ($1.50) from the Hayes stable at Euroa.

James Fraser added another win for North-East trainers as Wangaratta gelding Powers Lookout ($6.50) took out race four.