Bendigo trainer Shaun Dwyer is hoping to parlay his first Victorian metropolitan double into more city success.
The Dwyer-trained Excitement and Savaju saluted on the same night at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago and the consistent duo return to the same track on Friday night.
Winning trebles and doubles were more regular for Dwyer when he trained in Brisbane and had a stable of more than 50 horses.
Since relocating to Bendigo his team has shrunk to between 12-20.
“To get two city winners at the one meeting when you only have 12 horses in work is pretty good,’’ Dwyer said on Thursday.
“Despite the double it’s still hard to attract new owners. It’s very hard when you’re up against the big stables. We’re working hard to build our team up again.”
Savaju and Excitement are flying the flag for Dwyer early in 2018.
Savaju, a four-year-old mare by Savabeel, has four wins from her 19 career starts, while seven-year-old gelding Excitement is in career best form with seven wins from 39 starts.
“They’re both nice horses,’’ Dwyer said.
“They’ve both won more than $100,000 in prizemoney and they should run well again this week.
“Savaju runs in the same class as her last start, but she does go up one-and-a-half kilograms in the weights.
“Excitement is up in class this time but he’s drawn well and we’ll see how he goes.”
Dwyer has a first starter entered for Saturday’s Marong Cup meeting at the Bendigo Jockey Club.
Mr Boecker is a four-year-old by Desert King who will make his debut over 1300m.
Dwyer said Mr Bodecker is bred to be a stayer and “he’ll be improved by the run”.
The $25,000 Marong Cup has attracted a final field of nine runners.
The Darren Weir-trained Hale Soriano and Lips Areios headline the field, while the Danny Curran-trained Manhattan Mirage and Brett Charry-prepared Grassini will fly the local flag.
The Marong Cup is scheduled to start at 3.41pm. The first race of the day is at 1.21pm.