Kylie Vella (Image: Racing Photos)

Kylie Vella (Image: Racing Photos)

Vella trains first Flemington winner

Colac trainer Kylie Vella trained her first winner at Flemington when the late maturing gelding Admiral’s Joker ran down the heavily-backed favourite Dr Drill over 1800 metres on Saturday.

Dr Drill firmed late in betting from $3.40 to $2.60 and looked set for victory after enjoying an on-pace role, but he was swamped late by Admiral’s Joker ($6.50) who came from the second half of the field to score a memorable victory for jockey Cory Parish.

"It’s massive," Vella said of her maiden win at Flemington. "I grew up here and first started off at Flemington so to have my first Flemington winner is pretty special.

"He’s quite tough. He’s a big horse who likes to get out with a bit of room and he’s matured now and I think he’s just going to get better."

WATCH: Admiral's Joker win at Flemington

The trainer of about 12 years is married to jockey Steven Vella and she said he has been one of the horse’s biggest fans despite a spot-start racing career due to injury.

"Steve’s always had a big opinion of him and he always thought he would be a Sandown Cup horse but he doesn’t seem to like Sandown." she said.

"It was just about him maturing mentally and keeping him sound."

Admiral’s Joker has started just 10 times and is rising seven so Vella is hopeful he can continue to improve and stay sound.

"He had some tendon injuries early doors just after his second start," she explained.

"He was a just a big, gross horse and really inmautre and so it was just a lot of time managing with him."

Vella said her training career is keeping her busy. ‘’We are actually up to 22 (horses) – it’s the biggest we’ve been, so it’s a bit crazy at home.’’