Beautifully bred Art Major/My Ami Lee filly Louvre was successful at the Kilmore harness racing fixture on Thursday February 17, taking out the Choicehotels.com.au 2-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres when making her race debut.
Trained at Melton by Sue Hunter and driven by Daryl Douglas, Louvre starting from the pole enjoyed a cosy passage trailing the pacemaker Feisty Lady drawn next to her, before using the sprint lane to score by 4.9 metres in a rate of 2-01.6 from the leader who was also making her first race appearance, starting at Supertab odds of $68.30, with Katagoric (one/two – three wide last lap) third.
Louvre is a full sister to Renaissance Man a winner of 15 races and a half sister to Dressed To Thrill () 10 wins and Miss Hazel ( ) 15 wins.
Victoria Trotters Derby winner Jingling Silver was a prohibitive $1.30 favourite in the 5th Heat of the VSTA Trotters Cup for T0 or better class over 2660 metres and justified the quote by winning easily in a rate of 2-08.6.
Trained by Paul Davies at Badaginnie in the North East part of the State, Jingling Silver a 4-Y-0 daughter ofand Le Memoir bred and raced by mother Margaret Davies was driven on this occasion by Amy Tubbs and after stepping cleanly from the 10 metre mark, was immediately sent forward to take over at the head of affairs from Madiskita (barrier two).
Not bustled to make time, Jingling Silver ambled along without any pressure being applied and did only what she had to do in accounting for Madiskita which eased off her back to make a challenge to no avail, with Star Of Jordaine third from three back in the moving line.
The Ruth Risstrom 2011 Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres went the way of the Peter Berger (Benalla) trained 4-Y-0/Rasanos Babe gelding Heezjusdanny following a nasty fall on straightening which effected several runners.
Starting from gate six, Heezjusdanny settled in the second half of the field, before reinsman Matthew Berger sent him forward with a rush to park outside the pacemaker Tommys Pride.
Challenging strongly on the final bend, Heezjusdanny was slowly getting the upper hand when Tommys Pride galloped and the short priced favourite Blissfuljack poised to use the sprint lane had nowhere to go and toppled over causing a chain reaction through the field, resulting in Kentucky Sands (Jodi Quinlan), Sir Bobby Lashley (John Scott) and My Girl Liliana (Jeff Gledhill) also losing their drivers.
This enabled Heezjusdanny to kick clear and he held on to score from Smokey Town (one/one) and This Way Up (one/two) in a rate of 2-00.4.
Ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0/Table Tower gelding Sunnivue Caesar opened his Australian account by taking the Anita Burke Stables Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres in style, returning a mile rate of 2-04.7.
Trained at Lara by Dean Braun and driven by stable reinsman Chris Alford, Sunnivue Caesar was safely away from outside the 10 metre mark, with Alford not wasting any time in sending him forward to assume control from Suntastic Warrior.
Always travelling, Sunnivue Caesar left his rivals standing on straightening to win as he pleased by an unextended 8.3 metres in advance of Grand Passion which battled on gamely after racing in the open, with Dual Agent Tabman (three wide last lap) running his usual honest race for third.
It was Sunnivue Caesar’s first success since May last year when a winner at Forbury Park Dunedin.
The Kilmore Trackside Function Centre Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2180 metres saw a thrilling finish with less than four metres between four runners, with the victor being Victoria Derby heat winner Franco Newsman in a rate of 2-05.5.
Raced by Keith Parry, trained on Bray Raceway Ballarat by Ashleigh Herbertson and driven by stable reinsman Rod Petroff, Franco Newsman a now 5-Y-0 gelded son ofand New Review settled mid-field in the moving line, with the pacemaker being Prince Of Albert for Ken Knight.
Weaving inside runners to be one/one running into the home turn, Franco Newsman when extricated into the clear on straightening finished with a wet sail to nab Prince Of Albert right on the wire, with Knight Crusader third after facing the breeze and Roche At La Plagne running on late for fourth.