Ballarat racing royalty, the Payne family, has again been in the spotlight.
While Michelle has again taken centre stage with her much anticipated return to race riding at Sale on Sunday, her brother and trainer Andrew has also done his bit to capture some attention.
He has landed a couple of winners in the space of three days.
Thunder Connection ($7) scored in a benchmark64, 1500m, at Mornington on Thursday and then Junuh ($4.20) in a benchmark58, 1400m, at Pakenham on Saturday.
Thunder Connection was first-up since January this year and the success gave the five-year-old back-to-back wins on the Mornington circuit.
Meanwhile, Michelle finished fourth aboard the Henry Dwyer-trained Lucky Liberty behind the Darren Weir-trained Hellbent at Sale.
It was Payne's first race ride since she underwent pancreatic surgery after a race fall at Mildura in May.
She was to have had two rides, but her other engagement was scratched.
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