TRAINER Mitch Beer finally secured an elusive Highway Handicap victory with Princess Cordelia at Rosehill on Saturday.
Beer has had several cracks at winning the $75,000 feature so far this year but was yet to find a horse good enough to win the highly sought after Racing NSW incentive for country trainers.
Ridden by in-form hoop Tim Clarke, Princess Cordelia ($3-fav) pounced on the early lead and was always travelling like a winner in the run.
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Princess Cordelia scored by two lengths to hand Beer his first metropolitan success since Gwenneth saluted at Canterbury in July last year.
"They are always ultra-competitive races and it was satisfying to be finally able to win one after numerous attempts," Beer said.
"It was not only good for the stable but pleasing to be able to represent the Southern District trainers as well.
"The SDRA as a whole hasn't had a lot of luck when it comes to winning those Highway races and just proves it is possible.
"I've made the trip to Sydney quite a number of times with horses that I that would be more than competitive and come home empty handed.
"It was pleasing to finally have a horse good enough that was able to measure up."
Beer shouted his staff KFC for lunch yesterday to celebrate the victory.
Princess Cordelia is set to form part of Beer's assault on the lucrative Country Championship qualifier at Albury in February.