South African trainer Tony Millard might just have the key to Australian jockeys - or is it the other way around? Last season started with Dwayne Dunn and Millard combining to good effect and Craig Williams pitched in with a few wins for the yard. Now Brett Prebble has trumped them both, storming into the early season winner's lists in tandem with Millard, all to the merry tune of better than a 25 per cent strike rate. Prebble went to a clear second to Douglas Whyte on the season's leader board after getting home in successive races for Millard yesterday on Only You in the Phoenix Handicap over 1,650 metres and Taiji Spirit in the Peacock Handicap over 1,200m. That took the former dual Melbourne championship winner to seven victories from 25 rides for the stable this season. 'I don't know what the secret is but Tony does seem to do better with the Australian jockeys than with anyone else,' Prebble said. 'The secret could be in the way he trains them pretty hard, they are very fit and Australian riders probably make a bit more use of that. Some of the other riding styles here are a bit gentler and pick them up, pick them up again, but the Australian style is more to make them flatten out earlier and grind more. Because Tony's horses are so fit, they keep going ridden that way.' Whatever the secret, Prebble's combination with Millard has been one of the highlights of the early season, with the trainer also sitting in sixth place on the ladder with eight wins. 'I think Only You has improved a bit this season. He isn't overly big but he's got a bit stronger as a rising five-year-old and he looked pretty good winning today,' said Millard, who may also have found another string to the bow of Taiji Spirit after yesterday's solid victory. 'He's always liked the soft going and he was racing well on the wet tracks at the end of last season. Today, coming in fresh which he likes, I thought we'd give him a chance on the dirt as soft ground horses often do like it.' Taiji Spirit tucked in behind the speed early then pounced on the leaders in the final 150m to win from South China Ninety. 'Brett said Taiji Spirit stretched out on the dirt track just as he does when it's wet, so now we know, we might leave him on the dirt and he could win another,' Millard said.