WODONGA trainer Sylvia Thompson landed her first winner since Wodonga Cup day with Warragul at Wagga yesterday.
Resuming from an 18-week spell, the mare finished powerfully over the final furlong to score with Stacey Metcalfe aboard.
Warragul boasts a handy fresh record and was supported late in betting, firming from $6 into $4.60.
Meanwhile in-form jockey Blaike McDougall extended his recent hot-streak with a winning double.
McDougall claimed the opening race on the card aboard the Gary Colvin-trained Coolyboss.
Coolyboss started as the $3-favourite in the $22,000 Maiden Hcp, (1000m).
McDougall notched a winning double after Jungle Book ($4.40) proved too strong in the $22,000 Class 1 Hcp, (1600m).
Jungle Book is trained by Trevor Sutherland.
McDougall has been in hot demand from trainers including the powerful Team Hayes stable based at Euroa.
The apprentice jockey recently rode a winner for Lindsay Park at Albury and their relationship has blossomed from there.
McDougall rode more than 30 city winners during a stint in Sydney.
He registered his first city win in Victoria with victory aboard Prism at Sandown on Monday for the Hayes stable.
The 24-year-old recently started marking the trek to Euroa every Monday to ride track work.
"This is my third week, and I really enjoy it," McDougall said.
"It's quite mind boggling the set up, I've never seen anything like it."
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