KYNETON trainer Mick Sell made the roughly five-hour round trip to Wangaratta worthwhile on Tuesday by producing a winning double.
Sell struck midway through the nine race program with 2000m winner Madam Stryker.
He completed the double when promising four-year-old Carlingford won his third race in 10 starts in a 1000m benchmark 64.
The gelding showed signs of better things to come with a flashy second at his last start at Warracknabeal, his first following a 20 week spell.
Carlingford was ridden by Craig Robertson, who was confident of better things in store for the son of Magnus.
“He’s been a horse who can overdo it a bit,” Robertson told broadcaster Racing.com.
“At home he’s a lovely kind horse.
“Come race day he gets his game face on and just wants to get on with it.”
The double gives Sell three wins for the season from 16 starts, with two of them provided by Madam Stryker.
Sell has two of his stable – Miss Kashosa and Ponbar Finale – nominated for Saturday’s meeting at Tatura.