Ashlee Seijka grabbed three winners including the Wagga Pacers Cup last Friday night.
Our El Nino claimed his fourth straight win and provided trainer-driver Ashlee Siejka with the middle leg of a winning treble by taking out the $20,000 Ron Crouch Transport Wagga Pacers Cup.
In a memorable night for the young trainer from Bathurst, Siejka became the second female driver in five months to win the Wagga Cup following Amy Day’s victory with Marooned.
Our El Nino arrived from New Zealand with moderate form to his name, but quickly showed a returned to his best from early racing days winning three straight races for Mitchell Reese
Siejka took over the training of El Nino recently and had prepared the gelding for less than two weeks when he won the Cup at his first start for her.
Raced by George Montebello, Our El Nino has raced 64 times for 11 wins.
The son of Live Or Die was able to find the lead after 400 metres and made the race his own defeating Born Again Sassy for Daryl Douglas with Day third on Papa Camelot.
Siejka won the opening race with El Mega and also the open class race with Mega Alexander finishing with three winners from her four starters.
“Wagga would have to be one of my favourite tracks after this,” she said.
“Our El Nino had been racing well before I got him and his work leading into the race was also good.
“I thought if he could find the front he would be hard to run down.”
One of the favourite Aussieausstride was looking to keep his unbeaten record intact as he chased his seventh win, but after racing outside of the lead he tired to finish well back.
Mega Alexander picked up bonuses for Siejka after breaking the two minute mile rate with his win in the Million Dollar Cam Classic.
The gelding raced outside of the leader before sprinting hard for the final 800 metres for his first win in eight months.
Siejka collected a $1000 trainer and $500 driver’s bonus courtesy of Scott and Brett Woodhouse.
Champion reinsman Daryl Douglas won the Invitational Driver’s race with the favourite How Good’s That leading all of the way after starting from barrier two.
After being allowed to stroll through the first 800 metres after a fast lead time, How Good’s That found plenty when called on to register his sixth career victory.
How Good’s That had been racing well after coming from second row draws and with a return to the front line over a shorter distance he found the perfect race conditions.
The gelding is the third winner form as many foals for his dam What About Now with her progeny earning $100,000.
Raced by his breeder David White, How Good’s That will start in a heat of the country series at Young on Thursday.
His trainer Steve Harris has won the majority of races with How Good’s That.
The Ian Walsh memorial was taken out by Amanda Miss who made it two straight win and collected her owner Lyn Hancock a sizeable bonus.
The race carried a free service to champion pacer Mister Big courtesy of Alabar.
Amanda Miss had gone winless for many starts before winning her heat and backing up that performance with another strong effort.