It may not have been the feature event he would have liked to have been contesting on Friday, but Young trainer-driver Ian Butt still enjoyed a thrill at Wagga's first group one Riverina Region Championships meeting.
Butt claimed victory in the TAB Long May We Play Pace (1740m) with four-year-old gelding Isntthatright capitalising on strong recent form to post his first win since October last year.
Butt produced a stunning drive as Isntthatright peeled wide from the back of the field at the top of the bend and flashed home with superior speed to beat his rivals in an eye catching performance.
The pair at the start of the race slipped from the front row to the back of the field and camped there until the final quarter of the race.
The mile rate was 1:57.6s and the winning margin was nearly two metres.
Isntthatright had placed in three of his last four starts prior to Friday's outing.
The group one feature event was a boilover with Rocky Creed securing the win at $41 for trainer Chris McPherson and driver Thomas Gilligan.
Topsie Grinner ran second in the Consolation A event with the place paying $10.
Racing returned to Wagga's Riverina Paceway on Sunday and Nathan Hoy from Young chimed in with a victory to Seelster Shannon.
It was Seelster Shannon's second straight victory.
The four-year-old mare took out the Whiting's Dry Cleaning Pace (1740m).
In contrast to her last start win when she paid triple figures, punters backed her heavily and she started the race favourite.
Racing is at Wagga on Tuesday, May 26 with the first of eight races beginning at 5.02pm.
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