Quenten Jackson realised a training ambition when Mini Winnie easily took out the Tabtouch-Mt Barker Sprint (1300m) in an upset victory on Sunday.
Aided by a perfect ride from jockey Holly Watson, Mini Winnie avoided a repeat of his last-start in the Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m) in Albany when a luckless fourth.
Delivering Watson her first $100,000 victory, Mini Winnie box seated in third position before he angled off the fence and dashed clear in the straight.
Sent out a $17 chance, the Danehill Express gelding defeated Lipstick Flickers by 2 ¾ lengths with I Am Spartacus running on well for third.
Fitzpatrick Plate winner Kia Ora Star couldn’t make it a Great Southern feature double and faded to eighth after sitting outside of the leader.
The Great One started the $3.50 favourite and ran seventh after racing wide.
Despite starting at double figure odds, Jackson said he was quietly confident of Mini Winnie running a competitive race.
“I thought it was a top run in the Fitzpatrick Plate and it gave us a lot of hope,” Jackson said.
“I knew he had improved at home and I gave him a huge chance.
“He’s a quirky horse and drives me mad sometimes and it took me a while to sort him out, but it’s all come good.
“The secret to him also is I have a pony at home and it seems to have settled him down.
“I’ve always wanted to win this one because he was conceived down the road at Mungrup Stud.
“I was always hoping and I’ve done it with this horse.”
Watson, unable to utilise her claim, rode to Jackson’s instructions perfectly.
A pick-up ride, she was delighted to land the best win of her young career.
“It was awesome,” Watson said.
“When we got the split, I thought we have a chance here.
“Mr Jackson wanted me to be in the box seat and when I got there I thought we were travelling strong.
“I got the perfect split and he was really good.”