Aaron Bullock notched up a half-century of winners for the season when he landed a treble at Newcastle on Saturday.
Two winning rides at Dubbo on Friday and another three at Newcastle took Bullock to 52 for 2019-20, only two months and five days into the season.
He had only five mounts on Saturday and his first winner was the Paul Perry-trained Nothing Too Hard in the 1870-metre benchmark 64 handicap.
A huge drifter with bookmakers, the five-year-old went to the barriers as a $12 chance.
A good tempo up front allowed Nothing Too Hard to settle midfield and he started to unwind at the top of the straight.
Robert Thompson pinched a break on Port Macquarie galloper The Kroc 200m out and he looked to have the race at his mercy.
However, Nothing Too Hard kept coming and nailed The Kroc on the post.
Bullock was again in the winners' stall two races later when heavily backed colt Pandano brought up a double for the jockey and Perry in the 1200m benchmark 64 handicap.
He rode Pandano a little quieter than usual and the $2.30 favourite claimed the speedy Hildalgo in the closing stages, drawing away to win by three-quarters of a length.
He completed his treble on the shortest-priced favourite of the day, Oakfield Twilight, in the 1300m benchmark 70 handicap.
Backed into $1.85, Oakfield Twilight was given a gun run and held off the fast finish of Kris Lees-trained Kedah to win by half a length.
It was a huge drop in class for the winner, which led to the 100m point of the group 3 Cameron Handicap on September 20.
The victories took Bullock 16 clear of his nearest rival, William Pike, in the Australian jockeys' premiership after Saturday's meetings.
"I was keen on Nothing Too Hard," Bullock said.
"They walked in his first-up run at Muswellbrook and that didn't suit him. The step up to 1870 and a genuine tempo was the key today and he was good.
"I wanted to ride Pandano off the speed today and the plan worked.
"He had blinkers for the first time and that was a huge positive.
"He really knuckled down in the straight. I told Oakfield Twilight's owner Bruce MacKenzie that I planned to take a sit today. We did that and when we popped off the fence near the turn, he was never going to be beaten. He is a genuine city class horse.
"Two seasons back I rode 107 winners and I set myself a target to better that this season. So far so good."
Newcastle apprentice Louise Day steered Deelbraka to the easiest win of the meeting in the 1600m maiden plate.
Deelbraka had a frustrating record of seven seconds from 11 starts before Saturday.
The four-year-old raced away to win by 5.3 lengths.
The winner is trained by Victorians Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, who have a stable at Warwick Farm.
When Day arrived in Australia she worked for Maher before securing an apprenticeship with Lees.