There were two people with reasons to smile after Gilgandra trainer Bryan Dixon scored a second win during the recent race meeting in Wellington.
Dixon was overjoyed when jockey Qin Yong steered Song One to a win in the Wellington based leg of the Rising Star Heat, telling Sky Thoroughbred Racing that the double was an easy thing to celebrate.
"It's a shame it doesn't happen more often," Dixon said.
The $11,000 dollar win was made even sweeter by the fact that it was Song One's first start with the trainer,and he'd been recently purchased for a pittance.
"It was a nice win, I bought him off Bloodstock auction for about eight hundred dollars," Dixon said.
"It's a very good day for me," Dixon said.
The horse had one start from Dixon's son's stable in a race at Goondiwindi before heading to Wellington for his successful debut with the elder Dixon, where he gave his jockey plenty of reason to be pleased as well.
Yong, who scored his first victory in Australia in Wellington last year, now has strengthened his grip on the lead position in the Rising Star Apprentice contest.
The next Rising Star Heat will take place in Orange on December 30, with the final event taking place in Hawkesbury next July.