TERANG HARNESS racing driver Jason Lee says his two maiden winners from Stawell on Wednesday still have plenty of maturing.
Lighty-raced filly Lavaughn stormed home from the inside to edge out Tuesday's Edition, owned by Yambuk's Anne Carey, by a neck in a sprint finish in a 1785-metre three-year-old pace.
Lavaughn, trained by Childers Cove's Ange McDowall, had run three consecutive placings before breaking through on Wednesday.
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Follow south-west trainer Margaret Lee also secured a win with gelding Jilliby Dingo, a 1.30 favourite and the half-brother of the stable's recently retired star Jilliby Kung Fu, securing his maiden victory in a 2180-metre pace.
Lee, who is picking up more drives as the sport bounces back following the coronavirus pandemic, was pleased with both rides but admitted there was still a lot for the two horses to learn.
"Jilliby Dingo doesn't have the same ability as Kung Fu but yesterday he led and got everything his own way," he said.
"He is still very immature in the mind and there is a lot he doesn't know with racing yet but he got the job done.
"It was good to break through with Lavaughn for a three-year-old maiden. She has got ability but she is also very immature in race sense and doesn't have much idea yet."
McDowall, who has been training trotters with her family for 15 years, said everything fell in place for Lavaughn's first win.
"She was looking for the right race and the right circumstances and it has taken her a while to figure out what to do and when she had the opportunity to perform well she did," the dairy farmer said.
"Hopefully she gets that winning feeling and takes it from there."
McDowall, who had her sisters Clare and Theresa on hand for the win at Stawell, said Lavaughn has been nominated to run at Terang next week before a spell.
Lee said Jilliby Dingo had also been nominated for a race at the same meet.
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