STAWELL - Horsham-based jockey Dean Yendall scored a winning treble at Monday's Stawell Racing Club meeting.
Yendall's first win for the afternoon was on board Tonza Rossa, who is trained by Matthew Williams from Warrnambool.
Tonza Rossa motored home on the outside to win the 1109 metre DML Security Management Maiden Plate.
The win was the three year old filly's first from four starts and she was second up coming off a five week freshen.
Yendall then guided Luke Oliver-trained Starred For Life to victory in the 1309 metre Carey Covers F&M Handicap.
Sitting four wide early, Yendall had to work to find some cover and that was exactly what he did.
His decision worked, with Starred For Life bursting through to the take the lead with 150 metres to go and she ran on to win by almost two lengths.
Starred For Life had previously been a city class mare and had been struggling for a while.
However, she returned to the track with blinkers and a tongue tie back on, changes that helped her notch up her first win for Oliver since joining his stables in May.
Yendall was impressed with Starred for Life's effort on Monday.
"She was strong down the straight, showed tenacity with the shades on and got the job done," the jockey said.
It was Starred For Life's first win since May 2012 and her fourth from 28 starts.
Yendall didn't waste any time getting back in the saddle for a win with Test The Best taking out the following race, the 1618 metre Stawell Hydraulics BM64 Handicap.
Wearing blinkers for the first time, Test The Best went forward early before easing back into fifth place with 800 metres to go.
Yendall managed to get him out on the turn and the five year old, who is trained by Mornington-based Jim Conlan, finished strongly on the home straight to win by a length and a half.
Monday's victory followed an impressive trial win at Cranbourne last week.
"This horse travelled well through the run, jumped out and everything cleanly," Yendall said.
"I didn't want him overracing so I just let him begin as he wanted. I didn't want to push him but (in the end) I thought his win was quite good."
Yendall was also happy with his winning treble at Stawell, describing it as 'magic.'
In other races at Stawell on Monday, Tiger Jack returned to the track after a four week freshen up to win the 1309m Gift Hotel 0-58 Handicap for Geelong trainer Kelvin Bourke, while Freshwater Storm recorded his sixth win in just 21 starts for another Geelong trainer, Tony Parker, in the 1309m Melbourne Parkview Hotel BM78 Handicap.