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Milestone win for Ben Hull at Doomben
Stephen Rodgers
17:44 AEST Wed Dec 11 2013

Former jockey Ben Hull always wanted to train horses but he didn't expect it to happen so quickly.

Hull celebrated his first city win when Wind Dancer claimed the Mittys Handicap (1640m) at Doomben on Wednesday.

The victory was especially significant for Hull because his partner, leading apprentice Tegan Harrison, rode the gelding.

It was Harrison along with Wind Dancer's part-owner Dane Antees who urged Hull to take out a trainer's licence.

"Dane wanted to buy a horse and wanted me to train it," Hull said.

"There's also a group of owners in the horse called the THFC syndicate which stands for Tegan Harrison Fan Club which makes it pretty special as well."

Hull, who turns 30 later this month, rode 190 winners before ongoing weight battles eventually ended his riding career.

"The rides weren't coming my way and I was just getting too heavy so I thought it was time to give it away," Hull said.

"I always wanted to take up training at some stage but I didn't expect it to happen so soon."

Wind Dancer is the only horse Hull trains and the gelding made it a winning hat-trick at Doomben after two lead-up wins at the Sunshine Coast.

"After his first two starts I thought he needed blinkers and since I put them on he's won three in a row," Hull said.

"I'm looking for more horses to train so hopefully a win like this will open a few more doors."

Meanwhile, Travieso will undergo X-rays after suffering an injury to his pelvis during the Skyracing.tv Handicap (1030m) in which he finished tailed off as the $2.80 favourite.

A post-race vet report revealed the John Morrisey-trained gelding was also lame in the off hind leg and he will have to trial to the satisfaction of stewards before he is allowed to race again.


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