Brett Thompson scores a winning double at Wellington Jockey Club

DOING IT IN STYLE: Pellizena scored the first win of her career in clinical fashion on Thursday. Photo: TAYLOR JURD
DOING IT IN STYLE: Pellizena scored the first win of her career in clinical fashion on Thursday. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

Brett Thompson has continued on his winning way, scoring a double at Wellington Jockey Club on Thursday.

After wins at Bathurst and Dubbo in the past two weeks the Gulgong trainer saluted with Pellizena and stable star Sugar Dance on Thursday.

He's every chance to keep dominating in the coming days as well, with chances set for both Parkes and his home track's annual long weekend meeting on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Pellizena got the ball rolling for Thompson at Wellington, taking out the day's opening event in clinical fashion.

Starting a $3 favourite in the One Stop Automotive Maiden Plate (900m), Pellizena was always going to be hard to beat, but after proving difficult for Thompson and his team across a number of years nothing was taken for granted.

Despite being five years old, Pellizena was making just the third start of her career on Thursday.

She debuted at Dubbo last November, and after returning from a spell with a third at Wellington last month she broke through in style on Thursday.

After sitting second behind Call Me Trinity ($6) early, jockey Ashley Morgan urged Pellizena on at the top of the straight and she went on to win by a comfortable four-and-a-half-lengths.

"She's a pretty smart mare but we've had a lot of trouble with her," Brett's son Ben told Sky Thoroughbred Central, representing the stable.

"She needed that run the other day (at Wellington) and it made it perfect for her today."

Pellizena has been plagued by niggling injuries throughout her career, but with back-to-back starts a first victory now out of the way hopes are high of more success.

She has a stablemate who knows all about performing well consistency, as Sugar Dance made it eight wins from 21 career starts on Thursday.

Sugar Dance to out the main event at Wellington, fighting on late to take out Allandale Merino Stud Benchmark 74 Handicap (1400m).

While Brett Thompson was delighted to see the five-year-old gelding make it back-to-back wins, the trainer also hit out at the current benchmark rating system.

After winning by a head at Dubbo last time out Sugar Dance's rating rose by four points, and another rise is expected after Thursday.

"They've got to start looking at it, Racing NSW," the trainer said after Sugar Dance was handed 63.5kg initially for the race.

"We're going to lose this horse out of our stable because we can't place him.

"We're losing all our good open company horses out of the bush because we can't race them because they get way too much weight."

The hefty weight was off-set by the booking of apprentice jockey Atsu Maeda and his four kilogram claim.

Maeda produced a gem of a ride, getting Sugar Dance ($5) to the lead and controlling proceedings before powering forward late on to win from A Martin Placepick ($13) and Harry New Shoes ($3.50).

"The kid went really well. He let him get to the front, he relaxed him, the horse traveled beautiful for him and then he took of at the right time when we wanted him to," Thompson said of Maeda.

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