DUAL SUCCESS: Bendigo trainer Brian Gentle with his winning combination of Ribbon Of Choice (left) and Rushmore. Picture: KIERAN ILESIT’S often said good things come to those wait and it’s proven true for Bendigo’s Brian Gentle.

The former Sydney trainer was rewarded for his patience with a winning double at the Bendigo Jockey Club on Sunday.

Gentle notched the first leg of his double in the afternoon’s opening race with first starter RibbonOf Choice.

The second came much later on the cardwith rejuvenated galloper Rushmore.

WIN ON DEBUT: Ribbon Of Choice wins at the Bendigo Jockey Club. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY, GETTY IMAGES

Gentle said he had been forced to be patient with Ribbon Of Choice, a three-year-old he purchased as a yearling at the Melbourne Premier sales 18 months ago.

“He’s sort of been going through the motions really,” Gentle said of the gelding, who had trialed once each at St Arnaud and Tatura before the weekend.

“He’s shown us ability all the way through, but we’ve had to be patient, she’s a bit of a slow learner.

“I think he should be able too get through his grades as he gets a bit older – I think he’ll get out over 1600m and 1800m later on, when he matures.”

Sired by dual-hemisphere Group 1 winning stallion Choisir, Ribbon Of Choice, with Dean Yenall i the saddle,attracted little interest in betting, startingthe race a 30-1 chance.

Gentle, who moved to Bendigo two years ago to be closer to this largely Victorian ownership base, quippedhe had to check whether Rushmore “had four legs” when he was showing 16-1 pre-race, despitewinning hisprevious start at Bendigo on July 24.

“I thought he might have been going to the barrier with only two or three,” he laughed.

“I was quite happy – we knew the horse was going as good as he was first up.”

The five-year-old gelding was unwanted by his former trainer Chris Waller after performing poorly in four Sydney trails, before one of his owners encouraged Gentle to give the horse a second chance.

“He didn’t want to give up on him and he just happened to be the friend of an owner that I had when I was training in Queensland eight or 10 years ago,” he said.

“To me he looked like he had something to offer, so they purchased the horse and sent him down to me.

“He’s won three of his last five and all his placings have been at Bendigo – over 2200m last preparation and then he won first up over 1300m and 1400m on Sunday.”

The gelding has raced over eight distances, from 1200m to 2400m, with Gentle suggesting he was uncertain which was his ideal trip.

“I always thought he’d run over ground – and we still probably do,” he said.

“But when Damien Oliver rode him last preparation (over 1500m) he thought we’d be better suited to running 1400m.

“I went against what he said and ran him over 2200m his next start and he won.

“This time in we’ve kept him a bit fresher, but Sunday over 1400mhe showed us he might be looking for a bit further ground.”

Gentle, who has about 55 horses on his books and about 30 in work, said Ribbon Of Choice would potentially be aimed at a Spring preparation.

“I generally have all my two and three-year-olds in work at this time of the year. simply because if they are good enough, it’s carnival time and they are there ready to go,” he said.

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