GREAT WESTERN - Swan Hill trainer, Austy Coffey enjoyed a homecoming of sorts with No Fret breaking her maiden status at Great Western.
No Fret was a relatively easy winner for the former Stawell-based trainer and with Harry Coffey on board, the mare stormed home to claim the Monaghan's Real Estate Maiden Plate by a length in front of Del Mishel.
Terry and Karina O'Sullivan's first starter, Golden Perfume finished in third place.
Last Saturday was No Fret's second appearance following a 20 week spell.
"It was alright," Austy Coffey said of the mare's performance.
"I don't know where to go with her now. Races like Great Western don't come around much and she needs the right class of race."
Coffey said No Fret was a well-placed, fairly fit horse.
No Fret was previously trained by Anthony Freedman and Shaun Dwyer, with Coffey saying it was good to get a win with a 'third hand horse.'
"It's always good to get a win with horses that others haven't had much luck with," he said.
"It gets hard once you win a maiden. You have to go up in distance but once you do that, it can open up doors."
Coffey was delighted to return to Great Western.
"I was there and it looked to be a good day," he said.
"It was a good crowd. I had been in Stawell for a couple of years and it's good for us to head back up that way and have success."
Jockey Harry Coffey got off to a flying start - his win with No Fret was his second in a row after scoring onboard Squire's Gypsy in the 1210 metre Warrnambool Cheese and Butter three year old Maiden Plate.
Squire's Gypsy was race favourite and didn't disappoint the punters, going to the line a winner by one and a quarter lengths in front of Bonanza.
Trainer Craig Conron was pleased with his three year old filly and the jockey, saying Coffey rode her well.
"She's a little bit green and in Warrnambool (where she finished sixth in her first start), the horses were a bit better class," Conron said.
"I told Harry to ride on the pace and that she is a little bit green, just do the best you can.
"He's a good rider and a good kid who is well-taught. You have to take your hat off to him."
Conron plans to take Squire's Gypsy to Hamilton in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, it was a double celebration for Warrnambool trainer Jacqueline Henderson and jockey Alan Creighton.
Creighton climbed on board two of Henderson's horses, Sneaky and La Bouche, for wins.
Sneaky was far too good for her nearest rivals in the Green Eggs Scramble Handicap, winning by five lengths in front of Austy Coffey-trained Neona and race favourite Seulamont.
Coffey was disappointed with the result.
"We thought Neona was the best horse out of our two.
"He hasn't been going right, but we'll regroup and try to get going again."
The Henderson/Creighton partnership was again successful with La Bouche posting a strong win in the 1600 metre Best's Eric Thomson Memorial Trophy.
La Bouche finished two and a half lengths in front of punter's elect, Bill and Symon Wilde-trained Amun Ra.
It was La Bouche's second win in five outings after scoring at Stawell late last year.