AS THE racing industry continues to brace itself for tough times ahead, it's business as usual at the moment for Bendigo trainer-driver Chris Svanosio.
The now Romsey-based trainer consolidated his spot in the top four of the metropolitan trainers' premiership with a pair of wins at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday.
Svanosio struck early in the program with the five-year-old trotter Anywhere Hugo, before making it a double with Repeat After Me.
He hopes it's a sign that a return to top form is nearing for Anywhere Hugo, a Group 1 and Group 2 winner, who has won nine times and been placed 17 times in 36 starts for earnings of $142,650.
"He won the Sires final and The Holmfield as a three-year-old, but didn't race much as a four-year-old," Svanosio said.
"He's working back into better form. He had a few little niggles, which is why he hadn't raced much the previous 12 months.
"He's owned by my partner Elizabeth (MacLean) and her family, so it's always good to get a winner for them."
The win was Anywhere Hugo's first since May 20 last year.
Svanosio's association with Repeat After Me continues to bear fruit, with the eight-year-old gelding notching his third win this season at Melton.
Owned by Serpentine's Robert Rothacker, who previously trained the pacer, Repeat After Me was brilliantly driven by Michelle Phillips to salute at $15.30.
"He's earned $57,000 so far this season and been a pretty nice horse without being a champion," Svanosio said.
"While we are still racing, the two of them will keep running at Melton and hopefully they can keep earning a cheque for us."
A solid last two months for the Svanosio stable has included Terang and Charlton Trotters Cup victories with Magicool, an Ararat Trotters Cup win with Kyvalley Finn, and a second placing in the Group 1 Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed for Speed Gold Series Final at Melton with Norquay.