The rise of local apprentice jockey Jayden Barrie continues after two wins at Port Macquarie on Tuesday.
Trainer Hilary Dew would've started the day with a smile on his face as Barrie rode home five-year-old mare Rizzoli to her first win, finishing a length in front of Wyong based gelding Double Award.
Welcome relief for Dew after his Dragons suffered a thumping to the Melbourne Storm on Sunday.
"Previously I didn't make weight with Rizzoli so Hilary had a different rider on her [for a few races]," he said to the Argus.
"I asked him to put me back on and I'll make the weight so he said yes and I had to lose a kilo and a half to Tuesday morning."
To lose such an amount in little time involved a significant process.
"I wore all my sweat gear in the morning but didn't lose anything because it was so cold," he recounted.
"For two hours I sat in the car, ran up and down hills and got back in the car so it was pretty hard but when I got down to 54.3kgs I just went and had a half an hour sleep.
"I was buggered."
The effort certainly paid dividends as the $8.50 outsider rode home to a total of $11,200 in prize-money.
Barrie wasn't done for the day.
The apprentice was riding another outsider ($26) in three-year-old gelding Hay John.
Barrie had previously ridden once for Wyong based trainer John Cooper in Kempsey but never on Hay John.
It was meant to be as Barrie won by a length yet again.
"We used up the inside barrier because we drew one and that horse runs on speed," Barrie explained.
"My instructions were to use the gate and hold him together because he is a leader and with three kilos off its back from my claim they just couldn't catch me.
"I held him together up the straight and gave him a nudge along [to get home]."
After a few hiccups along the way Barrie is well and truly enjoying his racing again.
"It's great, I'm starting to really get a roll on," he said.
"I've found my comfort spot and can hopefully kick on a bit more."
He'll ride for Dew again at Coffs Harbour tomorrow on Jevington Will Do, the four-year-old gelding's debut before racing again on May 24 at Taree with the Daniel Simonetta trained Shades of Frisco.
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