Victorian contacts paying off

BRIDPORT trainer-driver Rohan Hadley remains sidelined from the sulky due to injury but his stable continues to produce winners with the help of some good contacts in Victoria.

Hadley got a double at Mowbray last night with two horses sent to him by the same owners _ recent stable addition Me Mate Les and consistent mare Spitfire Rose.

Me Mate Les, driven by James Johnson, was having only his third start in Tasmania when he ran home strongly to beat Major Callum and I've Got Oomph in the Charltey Estate Pace.

Spitfire Rose, driven by Rohan Hillier, also put up a strong performance to hold out late challenges from Clamorous and My Greek Mate in the Tattsbet.com Stakes.

It was Spitfire Rose's sixth win since she made her debut for the Hadley stable last July.

The trainer has also won three races with another mare he got from the same source, Gorgeous An Divine.

Hadley broke his collarbone and a bone in his lower arm in a race fall at Mowbray early last month, and it's likely to be quite a few more weeks before he returns to the sulky.

In the meantime, he is hoping that Me Mate Les will add to his winning tally.

``I think there's two or three more wins in him yet,'' the trainer said.

``He won only one race in Victoria (at Wangaratta in October 2012).

``Apparently he looked like winning a few more but was unable to go on with it.

``The owners thought he'd had his time over there and Graeme Lang, who trained him, suggested they try him over here.''

Hadley said that Me Mate Les got all the favours last night, enjoying a good run.

``James drove him very well,'' the trainer said.

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