Bunbury-born jockey Damian Lane has found more great form in the lead up to the autumn carnival by riding the first two winners at Caulfield on Saturday.
Lane rode Second Bullet in the first, a six-year-old bay gelding with seven wins and 13 placings from 35 starts.
Fresh from a spell and with a trial win under his belt, Second Bullet ($520) found the rail midfield in the 1800 metre event and sat patiently with pre-race favourite Hipparrchus on his outside.
Lane stoked his mount up before the turn and got the split he needed at the 300 metre mark and dashed away to score by four lengths.
The win ends a 12 month drought for Second Bullet who will now be aimed at the $300,000 Mornington Cup on March 25.
Lane was quick to return to the winner’s list in race two, claiming the group two autumn stakes aboard Oak Door ($4.60).
From a wide barrier, Lane pushed his mount out strongly and worked across to lead. The three-year-old black colt played catch-me-if-you-can and fortunately for Lane, the field of eight could not over 1400 metres.
Oak Door has been entered in the $750,000 group one Australian Guineas on March 4 with trainer Robert Smerden keen to try the horse out over a longer distance.
Lane almost had a triple in race three with Limestone, losing the Blue Diamond prelude fillies edition by a short nose to Catchy and jockey Craig Williams.
Williams, who also won the colts and geldings Blue Diamond prelude aboard Property, will ride Catchy in the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 25.