NEWCASTLE jockey Aaron Bullock enjoyed a top outing at his home track on Thursday, picking up winners at either end of the midweek meeting and a place in his only other ride.
Bullock steered Populist to victory in the first at Newcastle and followed it up with his second success aboard Zoffany's Lad in the last.
In between times he finished third with Cool World, looked after by Newcastle trainer Paul Perry, in the fifth race.
Four-year-old gelding Populist, trained by Scone's Paul Messara, paid $15 for his efforts in the 1890 metre maiden.
Five-year-old gelding Zoffany's Lad, prepared by Gosford's Grant Allard, recorded a sixth career win in the benchmark 64 handicap (1890m).
Cool World was beaten by Hit The Rim, the second of back-to-back winners for jockey Tim Clark, and Peak in a three-year-old maiden plate (900m).
Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons scored line honours in the third, a 1500m maiden handicap, with Matthew Smith-trained Majella.
Meanwhile, Hunter syndicate Australian Bloodstock's Sydney Cup winner Shraaoh was named stayer of the year at the annual Racing NSW presentation at Randwick on Thursday night.
Chris Waller collected a ninth consecutive Bart Cummings Medal (voted point score) as well as the TJ Smith Award (leading trainer with 172 winners).
Now retired Winx received horse of the year, miler of the year and best middle-distance performer.
Osborne Bulls (sprinter), Kiamichi (two-year-old) and The Autumn Sun (three-year-old) were also awarded for their efforts on the track in 2018-19.