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    ELLEN BARTLEY and BLAKE JONES

    JUST days after recording a personal milestone, Blake Jones has completed another. Combining with the Bernie Hewitt-trained Waratah Lou in Wagga on Tuesday night,... Biggest win for popular couple

    JUST days after recording a personal milestone, Blake Jones has completed another.

    Combining with the Bernie Hewitt-trained Waratah Lou in Wagga on Tuesday night, Jones notched his 1000th driving victory.

    Returning to the venue this afternoon, Jones joined forces with his fiance-trainer, Ellen Bartley, to register his biggest success.

    The couple captured the Riverina Regional Championship with promising pacer, Brooklyn Bridge.

    With a $100,000 purse, the TAB-sponsored feature is also Bartley’s biggest triumph.

    “I’m so ecstatic, I can’t believe it,” Bartley said. “To win such a big race is amazing.

    “We were confident in our chances when the draw came out, but didn’t want to get too confident as you never know in racing.

    “We’ve had what looked to be good draws before and they’ve turned out to be bad.”

    Pushed forward from barrier four, Brooklyn Bridge was caught wide early before claiming the lead from his stablemate, Be My Girl.

    Striding clear along the home straight, the son of Sweet Lou cruised to a 12-and-a-half metre win from Louthario, with Oratoria a head away third.

    Rating 1:55.5 over 2270 metres, Brooklyn Bridge stretched his record to seven wins and a second from 10 starts for earnings of $92,431.

    “When he got to the front I knew it would take a big run to beat him, but Oratoria got a good run through from the second row to be in the breeze, so I was still worried,” Bartley said.

    “Even when he kicked away I held my breath until he got over the line.

    “He’s in the State Final at Club Menangle next week, so I will keep him ticking over at home until then.”

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