Consistent mare Alice Downs defied an outside barrier when she added to her winning run this campaign with another convincing performance to give the stable a winning double at Ararat.

After stablemate Elvis won his maiden earlier in the day, Alice Downs scored in a similar easy fashion to her previous start at Ballarat without being pushed out to land Friday’s Ords Motorcycles BM58 Hcp (1306m).

Drawn outside in the 14-horse field, jockey Will Gordon eased her back to second last and travelling comfortably seven lengths off the lead.

She was still under a good hold with just one horse behind her entering the home straight but with an impressive turn of foot quickly had the field covered.

Always in the market, she started at $ 6.50 and scored by 1-1/2 lengths from Artrese ($6.50) and Secret Stones $4.40).

Alice Downs has now won three of her last four starts with her maiden win coming at Stawell in February and her second win being last start on the synthetic track at Ballarat on April 7.

Sandwiched between those victories was a close second at Benalla.

Trainer Vincent Malady said it was a tricky time of the year for Alice Downs, who was bred by John and Helen McPhee.

“She doesn’t handle wet tracks so we will have an eye on the weather,” Vincent said.

“Hopefully, we can still get some good ground for her, and if not, we know she handles the synthetic tracks.

“She is racing extra well and will get her chance to race through her grades.”

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