Apprentice Katelyn Mallyon capped her return from injury in style with her first Stakes victory and a running double at Caulfield on Saturday.

After partnering the Tommy Hughes-trained Black Vanquish to win the feature $120,000 Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m), the 21-year-old then made it a day to remember by riding theMathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Durendal to victory in the $80,000 Canaccord Genuity Handicap (1200m) 40 minutes later.

Mallyon, who only returned to race riding on Monday after aggravating a previous back injury in a fall at Moonee Valley in February, said it was particularly special to record her first Stakes win for Hughes.

“It’s just great to get the win for Tommy, he works so hard and everyone around him does such a terrific job,” Mallyon said.

“Everything’s going well in my first week back and it’s a massive thrill to get that first Stakes winner, I’ve been pretty unlucky with a few seconds in Stakes races so it’s good to get that win.”

Mallyon achieved the milestone win with a faultless ride. After settling in third position behind the leaders, Black Vanquish ($4.40F) sprinted clear at the top of the straight before holding on to win by a short-neck over the fast-finishing Payroll ($5.50), with Pearl Star ($15) a further short-neck away in third.


WATCH: Mallyon’s win aboard Black Vanquish



Mallyon said Black Vanquish didn’t know what to do when he hit the front but kicked again when challenged.

“He got a bit lost out there but once the penny finally drops he’s going to be a pretty serious horse,” she said.

“This horse has got an unbelievable stride on him, something that I’ve never really experienced and even though he’s still learning I think he’s only going to get better.

“He relaxed really well and going forward that’s going to be really good for him, I think he’s going to be an ever better three-year-old.”

Hughes said it was great to continue what has been a long-standing relationship between the Hughes and Mallyon families.

“(Mallyon’s) grandfather was dad’s (Tommy Hughes Senior) stable jockey so there’s a close association between the two families,” Hughes said.

He said Black Vanquish may now head to Queensland to tackle the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

“If it’s wet we’ll stay home, but he’s a pretty good horse.”