Express Pass winning at The Valley (Image: Racing Photos)
Nick Ryan celebrated a 285-1 double at The Valley on Saturday as Mynumeruno and Express Pass caused minor upsets.
Express Pass ($15) won the $160,000 Listed Ladbrokes Chautauqua Stakes (1200m) a couple of hours after Mynumerouno ($19) did likewise in a three-year-old race over the same distance. Ryan has trained 24 winners in Melbourne and his latest double was his fourth in the metropolitan area.
Express Pass gained a start as an emergency for his open sprint, and the five-year-old Wandjina gelding notched his first black-type win after Stakes placings over the distance in the Listed Redoute's Choice Stakes and Group 2 Danehill Stakes within his first three starts.
"This horse really deserves it," Ryan said. "He's been around the mark and been at that rating but down in the weights today he drew well. The race mapped well and Jye (McNeil) rode him a treat.
"We can see what this horse can do on his day. He's got a good finishing burst and we saw it today."
WATCH: Express Pass' win
With Rhys McLeod in the saddle on each occasion, Mynumerouno won his third race from four starts by defeating Godolphin's Athelric ($11) by half a neck.
"He's always shown a lot and I think he's still got a bit to learn but he's an exciting young horse," Ryan said.
"He's only a little horse but he's got a big stride and he's got a good turn of foot. We might look to something like the Blue Sapphire (Stakes) next and then if he happens to win or run well again then we can throw him in the Coolmore (Stud Stakes) and see how he goes up the straight."
Mynumerouno was bred by managing owner Mark Schiavello, who raced the dam Splash Of Moet, a similarly precocious sprinter for original trainer Mark Minervini who won three of her first four starts in Adelaide.
WATCH: Mynumerouno's win