VIDEO: Profiler wins $100,000 Country Championship qualifier
BALLINA trainer Stephen Lee punched the air as Profiler crossed the line first and secured a berth at the Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick on April 2.
"The win means a lot, especially for the owner and the horse itself, as well as our staff at home," he said.
"To be able to go down to Sydney and race for $400,000, it's very exciting, to get a crack at racing in Sydney is such a thrill."
Lee said the concept behind the Country Championships was fantastic as it gives regional trainers and horses a chance at a major title.
He is confident that Profiler is a chance of taking home the major prize.
"The horse is well, he pulled up well, he always pulls up well, so he will definitely be on the truck on to Sydney," he said.
"This horse carried 59 kilograms on Sunday and there were some handy ones in the field chasing him, so we're pretty happy with the win, it's very exciting."
Jim Jarvis trained Ultimate Dreamer also qualified for the final as runner up in the race. The final on April 2 will feature 14 horses from seven regions.