The sweet taste of success made the three-hour ride home from Forbury Park on Thursday night a happy one for two young Southland horsemen.
Roslyn Bush trainer Aaron Swain won his first race for the season when Ideal Gal scored her maiden victory for driver Blair Orange.
Earlier in the night, Invercargill junior driver Tyler Dewe also got his first winner for the season when he drove M'Lord Mackendon to a maiden trotting victory.
“It was a short trip home, we were over the moon,'' Swain said.
Dewe's win for his employer, trainer Kirstin Barclay, was his second in the sulky after his maiden victory in October, 2015, behind Spanish Armada.
Ideal Gal was having just her second start from Swain's stable.
The trainer has gone through a quiet patch recently as his stable has dropped from a peak of 15 horses down to just four at the moment.
That is because Swain has taken on a full-time job with NRM and McMillan Equine Feeds.
That has him keeping sweetfeed bins of horse owners and trainers from Otago and Southland topped up.
Swain looks a strong chance of bagging another winner at Ascot Park on Saturday with Errol Finn.
The six-year-old takes on a handy line up of progressive and younger horses, but has the major advantage of barrier one in the event.
”The only time he has ever won has when he has had a good drawn and he has either led trailed.''
Ideal Gal is unlikely to be back in the winner's circle in the immediate future as she will enjoy a spell now, Swain said.