Comeback hoop Kyle Maskiell had his best day in the saddle since returning from a stint on the professional bull-riding circuit with four of the seven winners on the card at Devonport last Sunday.
His quartet came in consecutive races, kicking off with the Siggy Carr-trained Gaius Julius ($6.50), who came from worse than midfield to shed his maiden tag over 1650 metres.
In a contrasting ride Maskiell went straight to the front on the Angela Brakey-prepared White Hawk ($7.50), who was able to outstay his rivals in the benchmark 74 handicap over 1880 metres.
The talented apprentice then teamed with Scott Brunton, whose charge Street Tough ($2.70 favourite) finished off strongly at his first run back from a successful winter Victorian campaign to take the benchmark 74 handicap over 1150 metres.
Maskiell’s final win had the most sentimental value, former Victorian Is Don Is Good ($3.50 favourite) coming from just off the pace for a comfortable win in the benchmark 60 handicap over 1350 metres.
The Don Eduardo gelding had been ridden in Victoria by Maskiell’s brother Jason before his move south.
On Jason Maskiell’s recommendation a syndicate of extended family members bought the six-year-old, who is now trained by the brothers’ grandfather and aunt Ken and Tanya Hanson.
Earlier, local trainer Leanne Gaffney kept up her excellent start to the season with the first two winners on the program, Artuso ($3.20) coming from worse than midfield to take the benchmark 60 handicap over 1009 metres then ex-Victorian mare Aragon Star ($11) making a successful local debut in the maiden plate over 1150 metres.
Bulent Muhcu rode both Gaffney’s winners.