Bradley Vale was back in the winner’s circle at Corowa on Saturday, riding a double.
The Berrigan-based hoop started off the day well, guiding the Andrew Dale trained Ali’s Choice to victory in the 1300m Maiden Handicap.
Vale’s second winner was one closer to home though, helping Who Told Ya to victory for wife and trainer Shilleagh MeyerVale.
The seven-year-old mare bounced back to form when winning the 1200m Benchmark 45 Handicap and Vale hopes this is a sign of things to come for the stable with four of their gallopers engaged at Leeton on Money.
“We had three in yesterday and we’ve got four more racing tomorrow,’ Vale said.
“It was good to get a winner and just good of Corowa to host this meeting.”
Who Told Ya’s win was certainly one that meant a lot to the stable, with the Strada mare battling hoof issues this preparation.
“She won a couple full TABs last prep, and we took her to Moonee Valley but she was knocked around and was only beaten a few lengths in the end,” Vale said.
“She has had a few issues this prep and we’ve finally sorted her out. For such a big mare she has tiny little feet, and our farrier is on the Victorian side of the border and hasn’t been able to come across and we have been using different farriers in NSW without a lot of luck.
“It looks like we have it sorted now and we dropped her back to a 45 benchmark and that’s what we needed to do to get her benchmark back up.”
Who Told may back up at Wagga next week and Vale hopes the stable has the mare back to somewhere near her best.
“She might back up next week and run at Wagga, but we’ll see how she goes,” Vale said.
“It was just nice to see her win and good for old Des (Perryman) who owns her. He has been a bit crook, and he will be happy she has won.”
MeyerVale and Vale have anywhere between six and eight horses in work at a time, and while Vale joked that Meyervale was ‘working him to the bone’, the Berrigan trainer/jockey duo will be hoping their hard work leads to more success at Leeton, and the stable’s best hope looks to be with the in-form Momma Smash.
The five-year-old has won two from her last three, greeting the judge first at Narrandera and Griffith and Vale was confident of a strong showing in the 1150m Class Two Handicap.
“Momma Smash has been going pretty well and I wouldn’t be doubting that she would finish in the first three,” Vale said.
“We haven’t rushed her. We have placed her where she can get a bit of money into the owners’ pockets and now, we will go and see if we can win a full TAB with her, and I don’t think we are near the bottom of her just yet.
“She is starting to look like a race horse, and I think she could be okay.”