Newcastle jockey Aaron Bullock went to 75 winners for the season with a double for boss Kris Lees at Muswellbrook on Friday.
Bullock, a clear leader in the NSW jockeys' premiership, guided Ego Dancer ($1.80) to a maiden victory in race one (1750m) and Autumn Rain ($2.10) to back-to-back wins in the benchmark 58 handicap (1750m).
The victories put Bullock two ahead of West Australian William Pike, the Australian season record holder, in the national premiership.
The win for Ego Dancer came at the three-year-old's third start. A $7000 buy at the 2018 Scone Yearling Sales for Lees Racing, Ego Dancer was strong late to win by a length after Bullock found the spilt from a rails sit back in the field.
"He give me quite a good feel actually," Bullock told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
"I had plenty of horse under me the whole race. Approaching the 600 when the speed went on, it was just about getting an out and when the gap did come, he attacked the line quite nice."
Autumn Rain, a four-year-old mare, followed a maiden win at Scone with a comfortable one-and-a-quarter length victory from back in the field on Friday.
"I just like the way she's going about things," Bullock said. "Her first run with me this prep, she was either going to go this way of that way, and she's gone the right way, so it's a good sign. I just love how she falls asleep for me and just cruises."
Grant Buckley took riding honours on the day with a treble aboard First Pirouette (Jeff Englebrecht), Timion (Jan Bowen) and Forever Jude (Tim McIntosh).
Timion's win was part of a double for local trainer Bowen, who won earlier with Peggy's Time.