GROUP 1-winning jockey Jordan Childs proved a good luck charm of sorts for Bendigo's trainers at Wangaratta on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old notched up a double for the day on the nine-race card, both of them on Bendigo-trained gallopers.
Childs kicked off the meeting in style with a victory for Brent Stanley aboard Saw That Coming, before rounding out his commitments with a win for Rod Symons on Kaniva five races later.
For the connections of Saw That Coming, a maiden win was a long time coming.
The four-year-old gelding broke through at his 10th career start and went into the race on the back of a five-week freshen-up following a disappointing last at Avoca.
Saw That Coming was thought highly enough of as a three-year-old to be sent to Moonee Valley at only his second start in August last year, albeit by his former trainer Scott Cameron.
Childs hoped the win would be the confidence boost the gelding needed to reignite his career.
"He jumped out of the gates good, we were able to have a real cozy run just in behind them," he said.
"I stayed in around the corner and he came out in the straight and actually attacked the line really well.
"He has had a few chances, but hopefully that win today can give him a bit of confidence and he can go on with it."
Only the last four of 10 career stats for Saw That Coming have been with Stanley as his trainer.
Childs completed his double with a victory on Kaniva in the benchmark 58 over 1170m.
It was a return to winning form for the four-year-old mare, who won impressively on debut at Kyneton last February, before going on to finish second at Moonee Valley at her second start 10 days later.
Tuesday's win was the second of her career from 13 starts.
Her two previous runs this preparation had produced a first-up third at Echuca over 1000m and a fourth over 1212m at Benalla.
In an encouraging sign, Childs said Kaniva, by Kuroshio out of the Symons-trained mare Lascelles, was made to work hard for the win.
"She did everything right today - she had a nice run in the box seat," he said.
"The second horse actually kicked away from us at the top of the straight and she had to work hard to run it down and she did.
"It was good to get a win for Rod and all the owners.
"(The tempo) was okay, I don't think they went very quick, hence why I was probably able to kick away.
"She done a good job - she had to knuckle down in the last bit and she did."
The stable is hoping Kaniva's win could be a sign of a return to his eye-catching early-career form.
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