Winning Saturday's Gwenda Markwell Class 1 Handicap was the "perfect" way for jockey Scott Pollard to thank the leading trainer.
The Kiama hoop booted home four-year-old mare Zaminga on the opening race on the card at Kembla Grange to hand Markwell the race named in her honour for claiming the Illawarra Turf Club's top trainer's award for an 11th consecutive season.
"It was great to win Gwenda's race on Gwenda's horse," Pollard said. "It is good to repay Gwenda for the opportunities she has given me.
"To reward her with the win was great."
Pollard surged Zaminga to the front at the top of the straight and held off a late charge from the fast finishing Sweet Little Lies and Wordly Impact.
Shortly after, he went within a whisker of scoring a race-to-race double for the stable with three-year-old filly Moneylegs.
After jumping well, the daughter of Stratum went straight to the front and led all the way before being pipped at the post by impressive Gai Waterhouse-trained colt Rockbill.
Thomas Huet had been caught three deep for the majority of the trip on the $1.90 favourite, but got plenty of fight out of the colt down the stretch to wear down Markwell's filly - much to the disappointment of Pollard.
"She got to the front and relaxed really well and, then, when we straightened up and I wanted her to get onto the bridle and get going," Pollard said. "She had no idea, she was looking around, head up in the air.
"I really wanted to wait until the furlong and let her kick away but she was lost so I had to urge her along. Then in the last 50 metres, she just lost concentration."
Moneylegs had been flying in trackwork after finishing near the rear of the field on debut at Canterbury three weeks ago.
The second-placing on just her second visit to the races led Pollard to believe the filly's best is still a while away.
"I think the preparation after next preparation is when we will see the best out of her," Pollard said. "Between now and then is a bonus how ever many races she wins. I think a mile might be her best distance but she has got to mature to get that."
Markwell and Pollard eventually combined for a double later on the card when Manowood saluted in Benchmark 65 Handicap (1300 metres).
First-up from a spell, the four-year-old edged out equal favourite Perfect Weapon ($4.50) and Voluntina to notch up the second win of his career.
In race three's Maiden Handicap (1200 metres), More Glory gave the Waterhouse camp their second win of the day with an impressive victory over Best Dance Yet and Basket Press.