Two-time AFL premiership winning coach Denis Pagan has made a successful transition to training racehorses claiming his first winner at Sandown.
Pagan, 72, coached North Melbourne to flag success in 1996 and 1999 and has always had a long-term love of the thoroughbred.
It was through his association with Flemington trainer Troy Corstens that the spark was lit to try his hand at training horses.
Pagan, who prepared his first runner on July 4 after being granted his licence just days earlier, had his fourth starter Frankie Two Angels take out the Ladbrokes Same Game Multi Handicap (1300m) at Sandown on Wednesday.
“It’s exciting, I was really pleased with the way Lachie (King) rode it and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result,” Pagan told racing.com.
“It’s good, exciting stuff. It keeps you young.”
Johnny Get Angry was Pagan’s first runner to finish in third position and he then followed up with a second to Alcyone, again at Flemington, last Saturday.
The trainer’s only “miss” was with My Squeeze Louise at Seymour last week.
A $7.50 chance, Frankie Two Angels scored by a neck from Reuber ($10) with Big Day Out ($12) a long neck away third.
Pagan hopes to return to Flemington on August 8 to run Frankie Two Angels in a 1400m three-year-old race.