Wednesday, 18 July 2012
: Local trainer John Hubbard believes track conditions and local knowledge could give his emerging two-year-old Aussie Triumph an edge in Friday's $25,000 Ballina Bracelet.
Hubbard, who moved his stable from Wyong to Ballina two years ago, trains Aussie Triumph
for a mix of owners from Ballina and Mildura based syndicate led by Tony Marciano.
“We've had horses over the years with Tony and he said to give him a yell if we ever found one we liked,” Hubbard said.
The trainer "found" Aussie Triumph for just $4000 at last year's Magic Million sales at the Gold Coast and to date the filly has returned $7250 from three second placings in four starts.
She resumed at Lismore five weeks ago on a heavy track to finish second behind Sayori and then was runner-up on a dead track at Murwillumbah and second on a heavy track at Wyong last Friday.
The filly got within a head of the winner Strange Logic last Friday and Hubbard believes she was unlucky not to break through.
“She didn't have a lot of luck and probably nearly should have won,” Hubbard said.
Aussie Triumph proved at Wyong that wet tracks don't bother her and that's the type of surface Hubbard expects on Friday.
“She gets through it but I think she'll handle any type of track. She's a pretty versatile little thing and nothing worries her much,” Hubbard said.
“We would've liked the Bracelet to be a week later, but she seems to have come through the Wyong race all right."
Hubbard is also hoping stablemate and second emergency Rodia
gains a start in the Bracelet.
“Her last run at Grafton was just as good as Aussie Triumph's at Wyong,” he said.
“She sat three-wide outside the leader and was beaten a length and a half. Her run was enormous."
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