Heats of the time honoured Tatlow Stakes for two year old trotters were conducted over 2180 metres at the Kilmore harness racing fixture held on a chilly Tuesday May 24, with some exciting prospects stepping out. Heat one saw victory go to Shes An Image, a filly by defunct sire Last Sunset from the Samadhi mare Joyces Choice.
Trained at Carisbrook (Maryborough) by Paul Watson and driven by Kelly-Ann Dunne, Shes An Angel trotted faultlessly at the head of affairs from gate six in easily accounting for the NSW visitor Sheer Illusion which raced outside her from the bell, with Shes A Head Turner third after following the winner. The mile rate 2-08.
/Panbrake ( ) gelding Mister Gunsen made a one act affair of heat two, leading throughout from gate five when making his 5th appearance at the races.
Trained at Melton by Paul Grech and driven by “uncle” Mario Azzopardi. Mister Gunsen was allowed to bowl, resulting in his rivals being off the bit and chasing a long way out.
Holding a handy margin at the straight entrance, Mister Gunsen scored by 4.7 metres in 2-08.8 over Leavemein which trailed making no impression along the sprint lane, with Rubon Brown a gelding byfrom the great producer Howdoudo third after racing in the open from the bell.
Heat three went the way of exciting Zooma/Rememberance Day (Vestalba Rainbow) gelding Zedalite who registered his 5th victory from eight outings.
Bred, raced, trained and driven by David Davidson from Broomfield in Victoria’s Central Highlands, Zedalite did all of the work in the race from outside the front row shadowing the pacemaker Tendaho, before asserting his authority on turning to score by 12.6 metres in a slow 2-11.4 on the rain effected track. First starter Waikare Patricia (/Waikare Gold) finished third after going off stride on the home turn when making valuable ground.
The $30,000 Final will be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday June 3.
Astute Lara trainer Dean Braun presently in New Zealand on a buying spree, landed the SEW-Eurodrive Pacers Handicap for C3 or better class over 2150 metres with Kiwi bred 5-Y-0/Table Tower gelding Sunnivue Caesar in a rate of 2-06.5.
Coming from a daunting 20 metre backmark over the short course, Sunnivue Caesar began speedily for Chris Alford to possie five back in the moving line, before being sent forward mid-race to park outside the poleline pacemaker Myrniong.
In a great battle all the way up the running, Sunnivue Caesar prevailed by a head margin without really being pushed out, with Our Icarus (one/three – four wide home turn) a further 11.2 metres back in third place.
Shes An Image winning the first event: