Winning Double for Miladinovic
Canberra based trainer Mick Miladinovic had been disappointed with his start to the new season but appears back on track after collecting a winning double at Canberra on Tuesday.
Saddling up just the three runners over the seven race card program Miladinovic almost completed the rare feat of training a winning treble only to just fall short with his only non-winner Cumberland Range finishing third.
Having been rarely far away in his four starts back from a spell Miladinovic felt it was simply a change of luck which saw Rules Point break back into the winner's stall in the third race.
"It's been frustrating when you know the quality of horse that you've got and they are just unable to win due to poor luck in running or an unfavourable barrier draw," Miladinovic said.
"He never got out at Canberra last start after drawing on the rail so it was good to see him draw out on Tuesday and be able to get out into some free galloping room.
"You do get a bit down and out when your unable to break through but I was confident we would see the best of him on Tuesday."
While Cumberland Range was unable to salute in the fifth race Miladinovic would prove to get the last laugh with handy mare Serb Candy proving too good when saluting in the final race of the day.
"Her form had been solid without much luck over 1400m so we decided to freshen her up and drop her back in trip and fortunately for us it proved the right decision," Miladinovic said.
"She has always shown good ability and her overall record is quite solid so it was pleasing to see her back in the winner's stall.
Having collected two minor placings from his prior eight starters at Canberra, Miladinovic felt it had been a mediocre start to the new season and was glad to see it improve on Tuesday.
"I pride myself on striking at 20 per cent and given I hadn't trained a winner yet so I was disappointed with myself," Miladinovic said.
"To be honest I was a bit disappointed that I hadn't won sooner with them sooner because both Serb Candy and Rules Point had proven quite unlucky in their previous starts.
"To see them get out in the open and into free-running was terrific, I feel like I've got the monkey off my back."