Bendigo trainers Shaun Dwyer and Shane Fliedner enjoyed hometrack success at the Bendigo Jockey Club on Wednesday.
Dwyer’s promising filly Savaju scored a strong win in the Race Services BM70 Handicap (1100m), while Bee Jay Zed held off his rivals to score a gutsy victory in the TCL BM70 Handicap (1300m).
Savaju’s win was her third career victory, with all three coming at Bendigo.
She settled just behind the speed and came with a strong run from the 300m mark.
“She came out of the barriers like she’s an Oakleigh Plate (horse) and it took me 50 to 100m to get her to settle,’’ winning jockey Stephen Baster said.
“She switched off nice and she hit the line strongly.”
Dwyer has always had a high opinion of Savaju and is keen to race her over more ground at city tracks.
Baster said the filly has scope to improve.
“If she makes the next step up in her attitude, switching off and learning to race properly, I think she’ll improve,’’ Baster said.
Bee Jay Zed is arguably the most consistent horse in Fliedner’s stable and deserved another win.
Bee Jay Zed raced on the speed and fought off all challengers in the concluding stages.
It was the five-year-old’s fourth career win from 22 starts and his third win on home soil.
“The second horse got on terms with me a long way out, so I thought he did a good job to win,’’ winning jockey Damian Lane said.
Bee Jay Zed has finished in the top three in 13 of his 22 starts and has earned more than $90,000 in prizemoney.