Scruffy Moto made it two wins in four starts for Dubbo trainer Ian Edmunds after a strong finish in the Ballinger Transport Pace (1730m) at Bathurst on Friday night.
The five-year-old mare has enjoyed a handy start to life in Dubbo, with Friday's win following success on her home track last month.
Doug Hewitt has been in the gig for Edmunds for both winners and on Friday he won in comfortable fashion after sitting behind the leader for much of the trip.
Teddys Ideal ($5.50) got away well from gate two and built a handy lead early on while Hewitt - wearing the Eugowra flood relief colours - settled second after starting from gate one.
There was little change to the race order at the front of the field for much of the trip, and while Buddy Rockx ($8.50) briefly threatened on the outside on the final lap Hewitt was always in control.
Once they entered the straight, Scruffy Moto was pulled to the outside of the leader and he sprinted past him with relative ease to win by 4.7m in a mile-rate of 1:57:3.
While the night was another good one for Edmunds, it was Nathan Turnbull who stole the show again.
One of the top trainer-drivers in the region in 2022, Turnbull was the lone driver to secure a double on Friday at Bathurst.
Zu Hoffen, a relative newcomer to the his own stables, was one of the his two winners.
The gelding picked up his second win in five starts since arriving at his new home, with the latest victory coming in Friday night's Bathurst Toyota Pace (1730m).
Zu Hoffen was sent out a $3.20 favourite in the event and lived up to expectations as he steadily pulled clear over the run for home to win by 3.4 metres over Ellen Shannon ($5, Travis Bullock) - the only horse to get remotely close to him.
Turnbull's Tintin In America three-year-old cruised home to still win in a solid 1:57.9 mile rate.
Zu Hoffen picked up a victory at Penrith before finishing a disappointing fifth at Dubbo on Boxing Day but he looked a treat in his latest performance.
Turnbull said after a busy schedule of racing for his young horse he was able to get the best out of him again after a short rest.
"He got sent to me late in the season with no form at all and the owner wanted me to try and win a two-year-old race, and we were lucky enough to do that," Turnbull said.
"He won on the Thursday at Penrith and then went to Dubbo last start, and it ended up being three runs in the week because he'd race at Goulburn on the Monday, because we were pumping the races into him to try and win that two-year-old race.
"He won the middle one, drew bad in the third one, and I was actually going to scratch because it's probably too much for a baby to go three times in a week. As it was, we just sat back and they just walked and sprinted home, so the run didn't knock him around at all."
Turnbull said it's still a bit early to assess Zu Hoffen's true potential but he's certainly making no complaints about the way he's currently going about things.
"He ran a good time around Penrith as well. I'm not sure how far he'll go but everything he's shown me so far has been really impressive," he said.
"I'm keen to tip him out. He's still a bit green and learning what it's all about. I reckon if we tip him out and give him a spell he could come back and work through his grades."
The Bathurst-based Turnbull also drove Mista Macneedy ($2.80 favourite), another horse he trains himself, to victory in the Barkers Butchery Pace (1730m).
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