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James Ponsonby landed his first winner as a trainer at Albury on Thursday

Former Mark Newnham foreman, James Ponsonby, landed his first winner as a trainer and immediately indicated he wanted to expand.

He saddled OBELOS (New Approach-Daharma), who is part-owned by a family member, and the English-bred import looked particularly strong late in winning a Class 1 over 1400m at Albury looking a very likely type for the future.

It was just the 5th time Ponsonby as a trainer in his own right, had saddled a horse for the races.

โ€œIโ€™m pretty excited because thatโ€™s my first winner and hopefully if anyone has a horse and they want it to win, then send it my way because I will travel anywhere, as you can see today, to land the cash.โ€

Ponsonby, who has been training out of his new Goulburn barn for just five weeks now, currently has eight in work.

โ€œThey are all second-hand horses but I want to grow my stable and I have room for more.โ€

Earlier in the day he sent CAVEMAN (Rothesay-Intelligente) around in a maiden at $14.

Winona Costin rode it, and she rode this Obelos too. Caveman came from a mile back, finished hard, failed to catch the winner by a head…yet was 4th.

That tremendous 4-way finish got Ponsonbyโ€™s heart racing and he was like a Cheshire cat when interviewed after this his first winner.

Obelos recorded just his 2nd win in a race at his 17th start.

Oddly, his first win was at Longchamps in France. Heโ€™s had Chris Waller then Mark deMontfort as his trainers, but young Ponsonby is the only one to get him home a winner.

Ponsonby is only young but having worked with Newnham, who trains very similarly to Gai Waterhouse who he was foreman with for many years, he does look to have a very bright future.

 
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