Mitchell Bell landed a treble and evergreen Robert Thompson a double at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service race day at Newcastle on Saturday.
Bell steered home the first two winners for the powerful Snowden stable.
Colt Cosmic Force beat a classy field of juveniles all facing the starter for the first time in the two-year-old maiden plate (900m). Cosmic Force ($3.90) was first out of the barriers but Bell allowed the Foxy Rocket to drive up along the rail to lead. Bell called on Cosmic Force 250m from home and the colt dashed clear. Blazing Miss ($3.10 into $1.85) enjoyed a trail behind the leaders and made ground late to finish three-quarters of a length second.
The win was the first for the progeny of former track star Deep Field.
In race two, a 900m benchmark 64 handicap, three-year-old filly Natalia ($2.60) was second last early and was held up for a run before Bell pushed her through a gap at the 200m mark to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
"Cosmic Force is a real professional," Bell said. "The experience will do him the world of good and he will keep improving. He will be a better horse over more ground and he is Saturday metropolitan class.
"I thought at the 300 that Natalia would run a nice second as the leader was going strong and we were back looking for a run. My filly sprouted wings when she got clear.”
Bell’s third winner was theJohn O’Shea-trained Saving in the 1400m maiden handicap. Thompson’s double was aboard $14 chance Cerca Trova and Super Tonic.
The wins took his career tally to 4375.
Unfortunately Super Tonic bled from both nostrils and cannot race for three months.