Apprentice Chris Graham took the riding honours at Launceston on Wednesday night with a treble.
He combined with Adam Trinder for his first two wins, starting off with recent stable addition Anastasia ($4.80), who took the open-age maiden plate over 1200 metres.
Formerly trained in Victoria by Nikki Burke, the lightly raced five-year-old mare enjoyed a nice trail just off the pace but had to dig deep to hold off race favourite Little Pumba, who put in a pleasing debut performance.
Graham and Trinder pair went on to take the 1400-metre maiden with lightly raced three-year-old filly Need a Margarita, who led throughout at just her second outing.
The daughter of Needs Further was well found by punters, firming from $15 to $10.
Trinder has a decent opinion of his charge and is hopeful she will prove competitive in the local fillies classics over the summer.
Graham completed his treble on the John Blacker-trained Gallow Gate, who took the benchmark 62 handicap over 1600 metres after racing on speed throughout.
After a run of outs on the Devonport synthetic, the Any Given Saturday gelding has relished the return to Launceston, winning his past two outings with Graham in the saddle. He’s now had 16 runs at the track for five wins and five placings.
Elsewhere on the card, Jason Maskiell notched his first success for his grandfather Ken Hanson and aunt Tanya Hanson since returning to the saddle when taking the maiden/Class 1 plate over 2100 metres aboard Kingsclere.
It was a deserved first success for the Ladoni gelding, who had finished runner-up at his previous four appearances.
Ex-Brisbane galloper Agree To remained unbeaten locally from three attempts when taking the benchmark 68 handicap over 1400 metres under David Pires.
Now trained by Scott Brunton, the Authorized gelding tracked leader and stablemare Taramaya throughout before wearing that galloper down over the concluding stages.