RESPECTED Mount Gambier trainer Belinda O'Loughlin sang the praises of talented jockey Harry Coffey after he guided Muntham Missile to win the $60,000 Hamilton Cup on Wednesday.
Muntham Missile defeated Bertwhistle by a length with Patch Adams back in third spot.
O'Loughlin, who was unable to be at Hamilton because of border restrictions due to COVID said the six-year-old mare deserved the victory after an unlucky run in the Coleraine Cup at her last start.
"Muntham Missile is just a lightly framed mare who gives 100 per cent in her races," she said.
"It's a big thrill to win the Hamilton Cup for her owners because they are lovely people. It was a top ride by Harry.
"He's an underrated jockey. Harry was well back in the run but he never panicked. We had no luck last time in the Coleraine Cup.
"Muntham Missile has had niggling problems during her career but we manage them. I've got to thank Rick and Jack Smith for getting her to the races because we can't go over the border.
"I would love to have a stable full of horses like her. She's won five races from us from 15 starts and given her owners plenty of enjoyment."
Freshwater Creek trainer Jamie Edwards took the training honours winning two of the eight races on the program.
Warrnambool galloper Grandview Avenue raced into calculations for the $150,000 Grand Handicap over 1100 metres at Flemington on November 7, after his impressive victory in a benchmark 70 race.
Trainer Simon Ryan said Grandview Avenue may have a start in a 955 metre race at Moonee Valley before tackling the rich Flemington sprint race.
Meanwhile, Anthony Krushka failed in his attempt to win a spot on the Warrnambool Racing Club committee. Long serving committee members John Hutson, Steven Waterhouse and John Krygger were re-elected by members.
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