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Rodd gets off the mark with a double

Top Australian jockey Michael Rodd got on the Singapore scoresheet on only his second day of riding when he booted home a race-to-race double aboard HUKA FALLS and TORRECAMPO yesterday.

Licensed to ride at Kranji for three months, the Melbourne Cup-winning (above) had his first day at the office on New Year's Day last Thursday, with a second place aboard Highlight as his best result from seven rides.

Booked for another 10 rides yesterday, the New South Wales-born jockey had still not tasted success after his first six rides, but the former apprentice carpenter was finally rewarded with his first Singapore win, thanks to Laurie Laxon's old stalwart Huka Falls in the $125,000 Open race over 1,100m in Race 7.

Huka Falls paid $34 for a win.

For good measure, the 32-year-old, who counted a hit-and-run one-day Kranji in 2010 when he rode Gold Trail to fourth in the KrisFlyer International Sprint as his only previous Singapore experience, bounced straight back to the winner's circle in the next race, the $35,000 Class 5 race over 1,700m, this time aboard Torrecampo ($20) for trainer Bruce Marsh.

"It's good to get that first win early. To get two is a nice bonus!" said Rodd, who is eyeing a longer gig.