Jack Callaghan was eyeing a Menangle Country Series heat with Glenn Ford after a winning double at Newcastle on Saturday night.
The Morisset reinsman drove Glenn Ford for his father, Mark Callaghan, and He's Novak for Peter Rippon to narrow victories.
Glenn Ford led throughout to beat Our Ultimate Julie by a half-head and could next feature in Country series qualifiers.
"He only just held on but he ran a last quarter in 27.5 for the 2000m trip, which is a good run," Jack, 17, said.
"And the other horse ran second in a group 1 a few starts ago."
He found a sit midfield in the running line with He's Novak, which powered down the outside to get the better of Catch The Breeze.
"We dodged a bit of carnage on the first turn and we were able to lob in a good spot," Jack said.
"I was pretty confident before the race. I drove him at his previous start and he felt really good, but he never had any luck and couldn't get out."
Visiting trainer-driver Jarrod Alchin had a winning double with Rocking and My Ultimate Bondi.