RECENTLY increasing the size of her team, Samantha Pascoe was promptly rewarded with a personal milestone during the weekend.
One of South Australia’s most sought-after drivers, Pascoe expanded her involvement to include training last season.
With her stable growing of late, Pascoe took a pair of pacers to Globe Derby on Saturday night and returned home with a winning double.
“That was my first training double, so I am stoked,” Pascoe said. “Hopefully it is the first of many.
“To be honest, I didn’t think either of them would win, so both winning was a big surprise.
“It was a little more special winning with Van Mara as I have had success with him in the past as his driver, but now I also own and train him.”
With Pascoe in the cart, Van Mara caused a massive boil over at $81 on the Tote.
After enjoying the run of the race behind the leader, Joes A Character, Van Mara finished strongly along the sprint lane to score by two-and-a-half metres from the pacemaker.
Jawsoflincoln – a $1.28 favourite – was a half-head away third in 1:55.7 over 1800 metres.
“I was so happy with his run,” Pascoe said. “He’s had a few niggling issues, but hopefully I have figured out how to keep on top of them.
“I’m planning to take Precious Cargo to Mildura in a few weeks to try and win her bonus and I might take him along as a travelling companion if there is a suitable race for him as well.”
Pascoe completed her double when Super Angus overcame a 30-metre handicap to account for Kabayo King and Atout in 2:05.1 for the 2230-metre stand.
“We got him as a maiden and he has won 15 races, so he’s been a super horse for us,” Pascoe said. “If you’d told me though that he would win off 30 metres I would have thought you were dreaming.
“There are no big plans for him so he’ll just keep going week-to-week.”