"It has been a quite couple of months for me - I have been getting a winner here and there but it is a while since I got a double."
That was how Dean Chapple summed up his driving double in the first three races at the Tamworth harness meeting on Thursday afternoon.
"I would have been disappointed if I didn't go home with a winner from the meeting and it's good to get the first one out of the road - the pressure is off," he added.
For the Moonbi-based trainer and reinsman it was a family win, with Louthpark Xpresso taking out the opening race at Tamworth.
A new acquisition for the Chapple stables, the Dawn Ofa New Day gelding was having his second race start for Chapple after a disappointing 10th at his first start last Sunday, also at Tamworth.
"We were disappointed with that run so [we] went home and tinkered with a bit of gear - he is a family buy and now he has paid for himself," Chapple said.
Previously raced by Maitland owner Ken Smith, Chapple was happy to achieve the gelding's second career win, at race start 32.
"The horse felt really good in the race today - he didn't try one little bit in his run on Sunday night. But his work at home has been as good as any of my other horses so we were a bit devastated the other night," Chapple said.
"We tried to utilise the barrier today."
Louthpark Xpresso commenced from the one barrier and had an all-the-way win in the 1609-metre race.
"He was pulling and over racing in the race and then I had a look and thought the rest of the field were gone," Chapple said.
"I didn't think we would run 56 I thought we would run 58 on what he can run at home at Moonbi I thought it would be more the 58 but obviously the track is pretty good today"
Louthpark Xpresso presented to the winner's circle with a personal best mile rate of 1min 56.6sec and a winning margin of 25.3m over Corporal Jujon (Jake Hughes). White Wash (Anthony Varga) was another four metres away in third place.