THE Bathurst trainer-driver duo of Peter Trevor-Jones and Mat Rue scored a winning double at Dubbo on Sunday as Misdemeanor and Standandeliver produced the goods.
The pair were favourites for their respective races as they achieved the same result, but their experiences on the way to the winning post were quite different.
Misdemeanor ($1.40) had to put in some early work in the TAB Odds and Evens Pace (2,240 metres) when she was urged three wide to the lead but still had the energy to gap the field in the run to the line.
Standandeliver ($2.20) had to survive a charge from Bid For Stardom ($4, James Sutton) in the closing stages of the Sky Active Racing Pace (1,720 metres).
Trevor-Jones said the turnaround in Misdemeanor's career has been great to watch.
"There was a bit of speed on early but Matty's very good at summing up the situation so that's why he moved her forward," he said.
"She's had health issues and behavioural issues, you name it. She's lived up to her name. But we've tried a few different things with her gear-wise and it's all started to come together. It's a huge relief because she's always shown quite a bit of potential.
"We gave Standandeliver about 12 months off to grow and he was never too sure what the racing caper was about. He came back and he'd never had the death seat so I wasn't sure how he'd go.
"We were under the whip at the bell. Matty said he's just so lazy, you never know what he's up to. He certainly earned the driver's fee, he was at him the whole way."