Damien Oliver showed why he is considered one of Australia's best jockeys after wining the first two races at Betfair Park this afternoon aboard Donna Rossa and Eau De Joie.
Walking the track before the first race, Oliver was aware that the best part of the track was "8 metres plus" away from the rail.
Only Oliver hooked his mount wide at the top of the straight in a bid to find the best part of the track and reaped the benefits of his bold move on the line.
Donna Rossa ($2.50-$3.20-$2.70 eq fav) defeated Justsay Sumthink ($2.60-$2.70 eq fav) - for the second time in month - by a head to win the $30,000 Ripa 0-82 Mares Handicap (1600m).
"She's going great guns and they're run pretty true to form these two - there is little between them," Oliver said.
Donna Rossa won over 2100m at Betfair Park twelve months earlier and Oliver believes she hasn't lost her staying ability.
"It won't be a problem getting over more distance."
"She has won up to 2000m and she's quite versatile winning at seven furlongs and now to 2000m."
Oliver's second ride of the afternoon on Eau De Joie ($9-$10) in the Snitzel 0-72 3yo Handicap (1200m) was another textbook ride.
Setting on the rails in a six horse field, Oliver pinched inside runs to sneak up along the rails and win by a length and three-quarters.
"She was first-up today and there looked to be a bit of speed on in the race today," Oliver said.
"They did carve each other up infront so it did help us."
"There are definitely more wins in store for her," Oliver added.
Silver Bullion ($4) ran second Cascabel ($2.60 fav) lost no admirers finishing third, two lengths from the winner.
Oliver also took the time to throw his support behind the Jumps Racing industry which is nervously awaiting the decision from the RVL board at 3pm this afternoon.
"I'd like to put my support behind the jumping industry, it's a big part of our industry and those horses are really well looked after.
"They are much better cared for it there wasn't a jumps industry.
"I think those horses would be in more pain on their way to the slaughterhouse if we didn't have a jumps industry," Oliver said.
© Cyberhorse 2009 Carl Di Iorio Published 13/05/09