HEATHCOTE trainer Terry French continues to enjoy plenty of success with former Mildura-trained horses.
The father-daughter combination of trainer Terry and driver Tayla French combined for a double at Mildura's City Oval Paceway on Friday night with wins to Yoursnmine and Tangaroa.
Both horses were previously trained in Mildura by Reece Moore.
The double contributed to another dominant performance by Bendigo region trainers and drivers up north.
Six of 11 races were won by horses trained in the Bendigo region, with Kate Hargreaves notching up another treble with wins to Tay Tay, Rising High and Bottle Rock in the first three races on the program, French chalking up a double and Julie Douglas winning the feature event with Mildura track specialist Bernie Winkle.
Alex Ashwood claimed the driving honours with four winners, including three for his and Hargreaves' stable and a fourth aboard the Alfio Grasso-trained long shot Partywithmach.
A big night for the visiting contingent was completed by driving wins to Daryl Douglas (Bernie Winkle) and Charlton's Michael Gadsden (Little Believer).
Yoursnmine and Tangaroa became the second and third former Mildura-trained horses to experience success for the Frenches in the last month, following the back-to-back wins of Pinnacle Hope at Cranbourne and Echuca in late September.
Terry French said Yoursnmine had been knocking on the door of a win following a run of luckless performances.
"I've had him for six runs now and five times he's sat in the death; this was the first time he hasn't sat outside the leader," he said.
"He's just a horse who has had no luck. He was due.
"He's a good little horse. I'm going to tip him out for a few weeks while there's still a bit of green grass around.
"Tayla's drive on Yoursnmine was a ripper - a really good drive."
The four-year-old gelding was able to record his eighth-career win at start number 72 and his first since August 28, which wad also at Mildura.
Meanwhile, Tangaroa, who has had five starts for French, was finally able to break his maiden at start number 47, earning connections a handy Vicbred bonus.
"He'll keep racing, I actually brought him after the win," French said.
"That was always the deal if I won a race with him I'd buy him. He didn't cost too much.
"It was a pretty good night, we took four horses up and ended up with two winners, a second (Nil Desperandum) and a third (Bally Barfly).
"We'll have another one of Reece's coming down here in a few weeks, who shapes as alright."
French will target a third win in six starts since Pinnacle Hope joined the stable at Shepparton on Monday afternoon.
Locally-trained winners since Friday
Mildura (Saturday night): Tay Tay, Rising High, Bottle Rock (Kate Hargreaves); Yoursnmine, Tangaroa (Terry French); Bernie Winkle (Julie Douglas).
Melton (Friday night): Torrid Saint (Julie Douglas)
Stawell (Friday): Belladonna Girl (Greg Norman).
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