Tasmania’s top three-year-old of last season, Mandela Effect, returned from a break with a barnstorming win at Launceston on Wednesday night.
Despite being burdened with 60kg even after the two-kilo claim for apprentice Teaghan Voorham he still had plenty on his benchmark 70 rivals over 1200 metres.
The Scott Brunton-prepared Turffontein gelding settled at the rear of the field before making his move out wide just prior to the home turn, letting down strongly for what in the end was a soft victory.
The win was the middle pin of a treble for Brunton, who won earlier with Zuberina too strong in the Class 1 handicap over 1200 metres after racing outside the leader under Siggy Carr.
The leading trainer went on to make it a treble when progressive gelding Ivoryman stormed home to take the last event on the card, a benchmark 64 handicap over 1400 metres, under Troy Baker.
The win gave Baker the bookends as he also took the first event, a maiden plate over 1200 metres, on the Sarah Cotton-trained Evil In Me.
The Turffontein mare broke through at her third attempt, having placed at her first two.
Brunton will be hoping his strong run of form continues at Caulfield on Saturday with stable star Hellova Street tackling the $500,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap.
He has drawn awkwardly in gate 14, but will no doubt press forward and could give some cheek if able to dictate terms up front with just 52.5 kilograms.