JOE Craig returned to the winners circle for the first time in five years when Dazzle Street arrived in the last stride to win the $8000 Peel Valley Tyres Class 1 Handicap (1000m) at Tamworth's Melbourne Cup day meeting.
Craig has just three horses in work on his Gunnedah property.
"We're about 10mins drive from the track (at Riverside) and float them to work three times a week," Craig said.
Dazzle Street, a six-year-old mare he bought on the internet and trains for his mother and uncle, finished strongly to beat Zach Hatch's Kensington kid by a half head with Sideshow Al (Jeremy Everson) a length away third.
A former Tasmanian-trained mare Dazzle Street looked no chance at the top of the straight but unleashed a powerful burst to run down a tiring Kensington Kid for a second career win in 22 starts.
Craig has had her about 10 weeks.
"Bought her for my uncle and mother," he said.
"Gunnedah (sixth of 12 to Place Street) was a bit of a trial for her. We aimed her at this race."
He is delighted to be back too.
"Had five years away from it," he said of training.
"I did own a couple but had them with different trainers. That was a lot easier for me."