Hugh Bowman took riding honours at Canterbury on Wednesday with a winning double.
Bowmanâ€™s two winners came via a beautifully-bred mare and a three-year-old filly which cost $1.1 million as a yearling.
He started the day teaming up with in-form trainer Anthony Cummings and Messenger in the Freeway Hotel Artarmon Handicap and the half-sister to Caulfield Guineas winner Godâ€™s Own started the punters day off on the right foot.
Well supported into a $2.20 favourite, Messenger proved too good for another blueblood, Seventh Reason, the half-brother to More Joyous which cost $2 million at the 2007 Magic Millions sale.
â€œWe got a lovely run from the barrier [one] and she really dug deep when she needed to,â€ Bowman said.
Bowman the brought up his double with a patient ride aboard the impressive Jack Denham-trained Sundayâ€™s Choice ($5.50).
The Fuller family which also owns the dual Group I winner Metal Bender race Sundayâ€™s Choice, a daughter of Redouteâ€™s Choice, and she defied a slowly run race to record a narrow but impressive victory.
â€œThere is certainly a lot of upside to this horse,â€ Bowman said.
The other highlight of the day was the strong first-up win by Lucky Leak for the Gary Portelli stable.
Lucky Leak ($4.20 eq fav) had plenty of fans in betting and he didnâ€™t disappoint his supporters, charging down the centre of the Canterbury straight to claim the Freeway Hot Fridays Handicap.