Young Gippsland reinswoman Mary Elliott celebrated her first race winner when Zoes Dream won at Yarra Valley harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon.
It was Mary's second race drive behind the mare after finishing third last week. She normally drives stablemate Drop Of Paradise, who also ran in Monday's race.
Mary started race driving in January and had driven many placegetters before her first win on Monday, including a second placing at Shepparton over the weekend.
A graduate of the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre, based at the Warragul harness track, Mary works for local horseman , and also has her own trainers' licence.
On Monday, Zoes Dream overcame interference early in the race, and led home a top four finish for Gippsland horses in the Oaks Day Trotters Handicap.
A natural in the sulky, Mary has driven for several local trainers and her first victory will no doubt do her confidence the world of good as she forges a career in harness racing.
Zoes Dream is raced by the Lets Go Trotting syndicate of owners, many based in Gippsland, and Monday's win was her fourth.