The long trip from Mount Isa to Brisbane paid off for trainer Damien Finter when his horse Deadly Choices won the $105,000 Country Cups Challenge Final at Doomben on Saturday.
Finter took Deadly Choices on a two-day trip to make the big race leaving Mount Isa last Friday and arriving on Sunday.
"He is used to travelling but with the heat we wanted to make certain he settled in," Finter said.
Deadly Choices drifted from $4.20 to $7 in the betting before the race.
But Ballard rode a great race and the gelding held on to win by half a length from the Rockhampton horse San Vincenzo.
Finter said Ballard was the best man for the job.
"We left it up to Dan, he knows him the best," Finter said after the race.
Finter said owners Lloyd and Wendy Hicks bred the horse and had a few wins in Victoria.
"They he went off a bit so they brought him up our way," he said.
The win was one better than Deadly Choices last visit to Brisbane when it ran second in the Battle of the Bush final at Eagle Farm in June.
"Deadly Choices had no luck in that race and this makes up for it a bit," Finter said.
"It is the only two times I have been to Brisbane with a horse so it has been a good place for me.
"Deadly Choices is such a strong horse and has been winning under big weights in the north. I am really pleased for Damien and Mount Isa racing.
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