Hamilton-based owner-trainer Shannon Edwards has started the harness racing season with two kinds of firsts.
One of the firsts occurred on Tuesday night at Terang with Starscape taking out the Mary Fox Memorial Pace with Terang’s Glen Craven driving the mare.
Rocking Tess, a favourite of the Edwards stable, also performed strongly on the night.
"It is great to be back racing and getting a winner was just what I needed to kick the season off on the right foot," Edwards said.
"Heading into the race rocking Tess' race was a hard one so I was happy with her first up fourth after working very hard at the start.
"Starscape I thought was a great chance in a weak race as she has been Tess track work partner of late and keeping up and doing a good job. She had a hard run too but she really gave up the straight."
The other first to start the season saw Edwards and his wife Abbey welcome their first child into the world.
The birth of their son James put a slight halt on Edwards having starters, but he said he didn’t take too much of a break.
“Having my son was the proudest day of my life and it is only getting better,” he said.
“I could have another child tomorrow if me and the wife weren’t so busy.
“My son was born premature so he spent three weeks in the Warrnambool hospital, so I just cut the numbers back and worked on a few young ones instead of the race horses.”
Edwards said he had eight in work at the moment and hoped to have another two racing soon, leading him to predict a big season ahead for his stable.
“Fingers crossed some of the younger ones can keep improving, as they are showing a bit and that would cap things of nicely,” he said.
“Having my son was the proudest day of my life and it is only getting better.Shannon Edwards