WANGARATTA-based apprentice Hannah Edgley's rapid emergence continued at Bendigo on Wednesday following an impressive win aboard Atomic Selfie for her mentor Ben Brisbourne.
The 20-year-old upset the plans of several Bendigo hopes, taking the honours with a patient ride aboard the promising four-year-old mare in the benchmark 58 event over 1300m.
Since breaking through for her maiden win at Benalla at just her 11th race ride on October 25, Edgley has added eight more winners in 32 starts.
Arguably few have been better than her ride on Atomic Selfie, who put the writing on the wall for a big performance ahead following her second at Albury three weeks ago.
After Bendigo gallopers Kaniva and The Wrangler set a cracking pace, Edgley settled the mare in sixth position and waited for an opportunity to present itself.
Despite a few awkward moments on the home turn, Atomic Selfie was able to show a good turn of foot on the good four, dashing to the front at the 200m and convincingly finishing the job off for a two-length win over a gallant Hay Cliffy for Bendigo trainer Arthur Pace.
Bendigo-trained horses also filled the next two placings with Our Destrier for Kym Hann battling on for third and the Brent Stanley-trained Hit Reset finishing fourth.
Six of the 12 horses in the race were locally-trained.
A thrilled Edgley was rapt to notch up another win for the stable and on a horse with plenty of upside.
"She wobbled a little bit coming into the home straight, but once she balanced up she did just let down nicely over the line," she said.
"I think she's still got a bit to learn, but from that she was just really amazing.
"I honestly can't thank everyone enough for all the opportunities they give me, it's just beyond amazing," she added in response to questions on her her own bright form."
Rounding out a big race for the Brisbourne team, another stable employee Hannah Le Blanc rode the second horse Hay Cliffy.
Meanwhile, fellow jockey Jake Noonan finished the day with a double with wins on Chestorius for Jamie Edwards and his father Tony Noonan with Free Spirit.
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