Day At The Track

Bitobliss continues Kilmore connection

09:02 AM 27 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Bitobliss registered an easy win at Kilmore
Photo courtesy HRV

Top pacer Bitobliss continued his tremendous association with one of Victorian harness racing’s premier provincial meetings yesterday.

Completing his regular trip to the prized Kilmore Cup program, Bitobliss captured the support feature on the card – Popular Alm Sprint.

Trainer Scott Stewart elected to enter the son of Blissfull Hall in the short distance event given he was first-up from a spell.

Along with his latest triumph, Bitobliss is one of only three pacers to register consecutive wins in the club’s flagship event since its inauguration in 1964 when captured by You Crovottie.

Thanks to his victories in 2011 and ’12, Bitobliss sits alongside Popular Alm and Game Oro to form the ‘terrific three’.

Popular Alm was the first to achieve the feat in 1981 and ’82, followed by Game Oro in 1985 and ’86.

Popular Alm was prepared by the late Bob and Vin Knight, who Stewart worked for during the late 1980s and early ‘90s.

As for Bitobliss’ latest connection with Popular Alm, Stewart is thrilled with his stable flagship’s performance.

“He went super,” Stewart said. “Although first-up, his work leading into it had been great and I knew he was in pretty good shape.

“The great part is he will improve for the run.”

With Stewart in the cart, Bitobliss began quickly to lead from the pole, with the remainder of the trip a formality as the stallion was untouched to account for Amajorjo and Uncle Wingnut.

“He felt very sharp and just wanted to race,” Stewart said. “I never had to go for him at any stage and he just did it so easily.”

Covering the last half in a slick 55.5 seconds, Bitobliss rated 1:53.4 for the 1690 metres, cutting five-tenths of a second off Catch Your Breath’s track record established in last year’s sprint.

Earmarking the Smoken Up Sprint as the eight-year-old’s next target, Stewart has set the Miracle Mile as Bitobliss’ return to the Grand Circuit.

Renamed after the recently retired champion, the Smoken Up Sprint was previously known as The Legends, with Bitobliss successful in the 2011 and 2012 editions.

The Group Two is scheduled to be run at Melton on November 7, with the Miracle Mile to be conducted at Menangle three weeks later.

  • PAUL COURTS

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