Jockey Club win simply Destiny for Ballina trainer

BALLINA trainer Steven Phelps struggled to contain his excitement when Destiny's Lass ($6) won at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting yesterday.

The grey mare finished a-length-and-half ahead of Double Banger ($3.40 fav-ourite) with She Tells Lies ($11) back in third place in the $15,000 F&M Benchmark 55 Hcp (1000m).

"I love this girl; I can't speak highly enough of this horse, I love her," Phelps said.

"We had a lot of trouble with her last preparation but she's a damn good mare.

"The owners are in America at the moment and everything is looking good with her.

"We didn't know if she was going to go forward or come from behind but she won a trial on the Gold Coast by two-and-a-half lengths."

Destiny's Lass won the 900m trial on the Gold Coast last month.

It is the first time the horse has won at Ballina since a trial in 2013.

"I thought she looked a treat today," jockey Matthew McGuren said.

"It was a pretty huge job to come from that barrier (11) and win.

"I was of the opinion that there wasn't a lot of depth and speed in the race so I didn't want to be trapped behind too many of them.

"We probably only had the one chance to kick through and she got there."

Earlier, Ballina trainer Andrew Pilling had a win with Far Dooley in theC, G and E Benchmark55 Hcp (1000m).

The next Northern Rivers TAB meeting will be at Ballina on October 13.