Jason Coyle's frustration at Va Pensiero's Moonee Valley failure was compensated by a double - in successive races - at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
In Melbourne to watch his San Domenico and Run To The Rose winner tackle Group 3 company on Cox Plate day, Coyle cheered home Magic Dallas and Flight Academy before his star finished last over 1200m to Thermal Current.
Magic Dallas' win was particularly satisfying for Coyle, who had watched the Magic Albert gelding be in the placings in each of six starts prior to his Maiden Plate (1200m) success.
"It's not as if he's been running a poor race, but the only reason we tipped him out at the end of his last race was we were coming into the time of year where there was softer ground," Coyle said.
"He probably handles it, but only just. The plan was to have him back when the tracks firmed up and it's paid dividends."
Sparingly-used heavyweight rider Robbie Brewer settled Magic Dallas ($6) well back in the field three wide with cover, before angling to the centre of the track.
Winona Costin had niggled Slick Speed ($8) to lead, but the talented apprentice couldn't fight off the challenge of Magic Dallas in the last 50 metres.
"I reckon his strike rate at Kembla would be outstanding," Coyle said of Brewer. "For a heavier sort of rider he tends to ride winners quite often from limited opportunities.
"I think he tends to get used a lot more [at Kembla], but whenever he goes to a race meeting he gives his horses a chance."
Flight Academy's ($5) win was a little more surprising for Coyle, who had tested the filly against better-performed gallopers Havana, Open Book and Calming Influence in lead-up trials this campaign.
Scott Pollard rode her quietly, before she let down with a strong run to charge to victory in the girls division of the Maiden Plate (1200m).
"She's always shown something at home and she's not overly big," Coyle said. "The ease in which she won [on Saturday] probably surprised me a little bit.
"I had her in a couple of open trials and she acquitted herself really well. That's under little pressure [though] and you want to see them go to the races [and do it], he said.
"She really surprised me how easy she won and Scott reported back she's still trying to figure out what it's all about. When she does he definitely thinks she'll be able to progress into town at some stage."
Chris Waller's debutant Made To Order ($3fav) was afforded no luck in the straight. The filly was blocked for a run before taking a couple of lengths off the winner in the final stages to finish a luckless second.