THE Mitch Beer-trained Princess Cordelia landed a good plunge when backed from $9.50 to $3.50 and duly saluting at Albury on Thursday.
Although the official fluctuation on course was $9.50 into $3.50 some lucky punters snapped-up as much as $26 when TAB fixed odds markets opened late on Wednesday.
A maiden heading into the race, Princess Cordelia unleashed a booming sprint down the middle of the straight with claiming apprentice Courtney Gillman aboard.
The three-year-old filly defeated race favourite Celeritate Regem ($3.20) by just over a length.
Pekna was a neck further back in third.
Princess Cordelia was unplaced in three starts in her first preparation last year.
She resumed with an eye-catching second at Albury last before being well beaten at Benalla last-start.
Beer said he couldn't explain the Benalla flop after a promising effort when resuming.
"I couldn't find an excuse in the world after Benalla," Beer said.
"She just sprinted so well fresh here (Albury) and I just think it's easy to put it down to the second-up syndrome.
"But when I got her home I couldn't find an excuse.
"I took the blinkers off her today."
Beer was full of praise for Gillman who boasts a perfect record with the stable.
"Geez this young girl is a good rider," he said.
"She has had two rides for us now for two winners.
"I said to her today with the blinkers off, try and be a little bit more positive on her and get her up on the speed.
"She took off at the right time for a 900m race and picked her runs
"It really was more like a ride from a senior jockey."
Beer said it was satisfying to repay the faith of the owners who remained patient after Princess Cordelia showed little in her first preparation.
"It's a fantastic result and she is raced by a terrific bunch of owners," he said.
"She showed not much on the track and plenty at home last preparation
"But the owners stuck with her and are in the winners stall, so good on them.
"They got some cash out of it too, so they will be happy."
Trainer Kevin Hanley also enjoyed success on his home track when Harry Up Harry ($8) scored in a tight finish with Amanda Masters aboard.
Harry Up Harry was resuming from a spell and notched his second career win from start 20.
In a terrific training performance, Harry Up Harry ran out a strong 1500m first-up and will strip fitter.
Hanley said his six-year-old gelding was still immature.
"He is a big pup and still doesn't know what racing is all about," Hanley said.
Wodonga trainer Wendy Church claimed the training honours with a winning double.
Church won the opening race with Quiet Lucky and saluted again three races later with Ariel Miss.
She only works a small team of three horses from her Wodonga base.
Apprentice Josh Richards partnered both gallopers.
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