Apprentice David Fisher has had only limited opportunities since moving from Victoria but showed he deserved more with a brilliant winning ride on Revenging at Devonport yesterday.
Fisher brought the Mark Ganderton-trained mare from the rear of the field, weaving between runners in the home straight, to score by a neck from Wakefield and Esca in the Sportsbet (C2) Handicap.
Ganderton and part-owner Glenn Massey both praised the ride.
''They were his instructions and he carried them out perfectly,'' Ganderton said.
Massey said he was happy to be able to provide Fisher with a winner.
''All credit to the kid - this is more about him than it is about us,'' the owner said.
''He couldn't have ridden the horse any better. Good luck to him.''
Fisher, 20, worked with trainers Mick Cerchi and Robert Smerdon in Victoria but hadn't ridden a winner when he came to Tasmania.
He opened his account in style at a Mowbray meeting in October when he rode a winning double.
Ganderton also had Tiger Won't Tell engaged in yesterday's race but the gelding was a late withdrawal by order of the stewards.
Chief steward Anthony O'Connell said there was evidence Tiger Won't Tell had received a raceday treatment, in contravention of the rules.
Ganderton told stewards he had applied Vicks ointment to the horse's nose.
An inquiry has been opened.
All in the family
Dean Wells and his father Leon took training honours at yesterday's meeting, with three winners between them.
Dean won with ex-Victorians Moral Persuasion and Allegro Dehere, and Leon scored with track specialist Whiskey Fella.
Moral Persuasion and Allegro Dehere are raced by the Victorian-based BC3 Syndicate, managed by Bill Viahos and fronted by former top jockey Simon Marshall.
Wells has a high opinion of Allegro Dehere who was having only her fourth start in the Maiden/Class 1 Plate.
''She is one of the better horses I've put a saddle on,'' the trainer said.
''She probably should have finished in the first four in the Strutt Stakes at her last run.''
Moral Persuasion and Whiskey Fella upset hot favourites in their races.
Moral Persuasion went straight past $1.30 favourite Royal Knave in the class 1 Handicap to win easily, while Whiskey Fella wore down $2.00 favourite Good Boy Robert in the last few strides of the Benchmark 78 Handicap.
Promising mare On Toast made light work of yesterday's Maiden Plate, and connections are hoping bigger things are in store.
The Charlie Goggin-Luella Meaburn trained four-year-old ran 59.76 seconds for the 1000 metres, not far outside Arenzano's track record of 59.4.
Part-owner Joe O'Neill said he believed On Toast would develop into an open-class mare.
''Charlie thinks that she's just turned the corner,'' O'Neill said. ``We'll keep her going through the grades now and, hopefully, pick up another race or two this campaign.
On Toast was ridden by apprentice Siggy Carr who finished the meeting with a double, to share riding honours with Jason Maskiell.