Trainer Mitch Beer is hoping a frustrating run of near misses is behind him after Mighty Feat made a winning debut for the stable at Corowa on Monday.
The stable has had 16 minor placegetters from its past 50 runners including two second placings at Albury on Boxing Day.
However, Mighty Feat was able to snap the luckless run after scoring a dominant all-the-way win in the $22,000 Maiden Plate, (1200m).
Ridden by Nick Souquet, Mighty Feat pounced on the early lead and proved too strong over the sprint trip and justified his short quote of the $2-favourite.
Mighty Feat was previously trained by Peter Moody and was having his first start for the Beer stable.
The four-year-old gelding was dropping in grade after being beaten just under two-lengths in a $50,000 maiden at Moonee Valley at his most recent start.
Beer said it was a relief to be back in the winners stall after a recent spate of near misses.
"It's a roller coaster this game and you do get frustrated at times," Beer said.
"We have had a considerable amount of placings and haven't had much luck.
"The horses haven't been going bad, they just haven't been winning.
"You can't hit the panic button, you just have to wait for the storm to pass.
"I had two runners at Albury on Boxing Day for two seconds.
"Scout should have arguably won at Wagga on Christmas Eve but was unlucky.
"But I have just stuck to what I know and waited for my luck to change."
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Similar to Beer, Mighty Feat had endured plenty of hard luck and had run five minor placings before eventually notching his first win.
Beer said he rarely gets carried away by maiden victories but Mighty Feat could be an exception.
"You tend not to get too excited when a nine-start maiden joins your stable," Beer said.
"But I certainly think this horse is an exception.
"He wasn't beaten far in a $50,000 maiden last start in city grade and didn't have much luck.
"He hasn't been having much luck and I've been having no luck.
"Nick said to me before the race, 'how about I take luck out of the equation and go straight to the front?'
"I said 'sounds bloody good to me' and class prevailed over the final 50m and they run pretty good time."
Beer will head to Canberra today with several runners and is quietly confident he can land a winner.
"Sydney Blue has probably been the pin-up horse of the stable recently after running four seconds," he said.
"I certainly think he gets the chance to go one better.
"I also think Shadow Company is in the right race and not surprisingly has also finished second at his past two starts."
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