Petrovic's Sweet victory

HE may only have three horses in work but Queanbeyan trainer Mike Petrovic is confident he’s on course for a win in town in the New Year.

Petrovic was celebrating winners on both sides of the border earlier this week after Lemon Sweet took out the Class 1 Handicap (1100m) at Queanbeyan on Monday.

Lemon Sweet’s victory followed on from Laurie’s Love saluting in the Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1300m at Canberra on Sunday.

It was just Lemon Sweet’s second run for Petrovic who had considerable success racing the five-year-old’s mother So Turbulent in the late 1990s.

“A friend of mine was racing [Lemon Sweet] up in Sydney and it was just starting to get a bit expensive up there so he rang me,” Petrovic said.

“There was a bit of nostalgia there having raced her mother who was a tough little customer so I took her on.

“I’ll give her another couple of runs here locally to toughen her up but I’m 100 per cent sure there’s a win in town for her. Probably a 1550m race at Canterbury would suit her.”

Petrovic was one of three local trainers celebrating on Monday with Frank Cleary’s Frannie’s Magic and Neville Layt’s Crying Hughes also saluting.

Laurie’s Love, meanwhile, could also be set for a return to town after his impressive victory at Canberra.

Jumping from barrier 12, the four-year-old came from near last at the turn to edge out the Peter Wiggins trained Salandar by a nose.

 “He’s got a bit of class that horse,” Petrovic said of the Shaft-sired gelding who failed to impress in starts at Canterbury and Warwick Farm last preparation.

 “He was still learning the ropes last preparation but now I think he knows exactly what he’s doing.

“I’ve got a race in mind for him in Canberra but if I’m not happy with that I’ll go straight up to Canterbury. He hasn’t had much luck so far but he’s shown he’s definitely capable of winning a race in town.”

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