Pukekohe trainer Ray Gavin picked up a winning double at his local meeting on Wednesday courtesy of two plum rides by Rowena Smyth.
She kicked home $38 outsider Innamincka to win the Dunstan Horse Feeds 1600 before securing an all the way victory aboard $2.50 favourite Bullybrook in the Haunui Farm 1200.
It was the first win for Bullybrook who had been runner-up in his first two races and Gavin was relieved to get that maiden win out of the way.
“We expected this one (Bullybrook) to win and not the other one, so we were a bit wary after the first win,” Gavin said.
“Bullybrook is a really tough horse and he does everything right. I would have expected him not to make a two or three-year-old and to come on later on, but it looks like he is doing it early, so that’s good.”
Bullybrook is likely to have one more start this preparation before he heads to the spelling paddock.
“He’s going to go out shortly, but I would expect maybe another race at Ellerslie at the end of the month, we will see how we go,” Gavin said.