VETERAN horseman Charlie Mizzi celebrated his birthday in style this week.
Turning 70 on Wednesday, Mizzi enjoyed a double delight when he trained a pair of winners in Ballarat.
“It certainly made my day all the better.” Mizzi said. “Getting one winner is nice, but to go home with two on my birthday was pretty special.
“I couldn’t have had a better day and night for my birthday.”
Handy pacer Wotdidusaaay kicked start the celebrations with a drought-breaking victory over 2200 metres.
With in-form reinsman Michael Bellman in the cart, Wotdidusaaay led throughout from barrier five to score by three-and-a-half metres from Hugo Rocks, with Layden a half-head away third.
Rating 2:01.8, the son of Tintin In America registered his first win since last March.
“I was somewhat confident with him as I felt he should have won his last start when second in Geelong,” Mizzi said. “Things went his way this time and it made the difference.”
Having his 10th start, Cooper Cleaver then broke his maiden with a bold front running display.
Also driven by Bellman, the three-year-old was beaten for speed from the pole, but was immediately taken away from the pegs to be send to the front.
Never seriously challenged, Cooper Cleaver completed a soft seven-and-a-half metre win from Inexorable.
Abbie Lincoln was three-and-a-half metres away third in 2:00.2 over 220 metres.
“He is a work in progress,” Mizzi said. “He does have ability, but I’m waiting for the penny to drop with him.
“Like with people, some show intelligence and others don’t…he’s in the latter category.”