Rachael Murray rode a winning double at Tamworth on Monday.
The hoop’s success came in consecutive races.
Debutante Gripped powered home to indicate he has a bright future, provided he can overcome a bad trait.
“He’s a buck jumper,” Scone trainer Brett Cavanough said after the five-year-old son of Raheeb had won the $20,000 Allsop Signs Maiden Handicap (1200m).
“Rachael has been riding him work and he’s not one of her favourites.”
Murray’s hard work paid dividends when she pounced with the gelding to run down leader Knees (Craig Clegg).
Jester Lionheart might have bowed two tendons and be “crazy” but he’s worth the effort, Cessnock trainer Nicole Down believes.
That belief was rewarded when the six-year-old chestnut son of Lion Heart won the $20,000 Goodwin Kenny Maiden Plate (1600m).
Murray made it a race to race double, while it was the second win of Down’s career.
“He went super,” she said.
“He did it a bit tough but I kept his momentum.”