Carl Poidevin’s excitement was soon followed by relief.
The Illawarra-based horseman had spent years working in the Kembla racing community, but he’d just accomplished something he’d never done before.
With his first runner this season, Poidevin trained his maiden winner in his own name at Nowra on Sunday.
A bold debut from Poidevin’s five-year-old Stays All Day saw her score in the Brock Ryan Premiership Winning Apprentice Maiden Handicap (1100m).
“It was terrific,” Poidevin, who has long worked in tandem with his wife Diane Poidevin-Laine, said. “I am more relieved actually because I have had three or four in work but haven’t been able to get one going good enough so had to move them on.
“She has showed quite a bit of scope and a bit of depth there to work with.”
Stays All Day wasn’t fancied by punters at her debut as she was listed as a $21 outsider.
It did little to worry Poidevin.
Apprentice Brock Ryan rode the mare perfectly in a race named in his honour to run down odds-on favourite Meteor Gal in the concluding stages.
“I was definitely expecting a positive showing even though the price didn’t suggest that,” Poidevin said.
“My wife [Diane] and I actually trained the mother [Ancient Light] and we won half a dozen race with her. It gave us a bit of a leg up with this mare.
“She looks like she is going to be a nice horse down the track. I know she is five and has only had her first start but she has only really been in the paddock.”
Poidevin said he would look to target a 1400m race at his home track next start.
“I just want to slowly progress her up in distance,” he said.