Monegeetta co-trainers Lisa and David Miles were on fire at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held on Thursday December 23, chalking up a stable double courtesy of Jacquis Lad in the Neatline Homes Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres and Beau Ciel in the Saddleworld 3-Y-0 Pace over the same journey, with Lisa holding the reins on both occasions.
Jacquis Lad a 4-Y-0 Kiwi bred gelded son ofand Ok Jacqui was making his first appearance on Australian soil and having his first outing since September when unplaced at Timaru.
Settling at the tail of the field from gate four on the second line, Jacquis Lad was sent forward three wide uncovered at the bell and despite covering extra ground for the remainder of the trip, showed great staying prowess to score over a death seating Ocean Rider and Tommys Pride which led in a rate of 2-02.5.
Raced by Broken Hill based Jason Harvey who would have received a tremendous thrill in having his first ever winner, Jacquis Lad looks set to make his way through the grades.
/Star Of The Skies filly Beau Ciel broke her maiden status at start number six in producing a strong performance to score in a rate of 2-03.3.
Unable to muster speed from the pole as the starter despatched the field, Beau Ciel ended up three back the markers, before being shuffled back one more spot when Striking Kelly assumed control.
Extricated into the clear in the last lap, Beau Ciel must have been five wide on the final bend, before running home best to defeat neighbour Kari Males' first starter Heart Of Life, with Striking Kelly holding down third.
Lisa finished the night with a driving treble having guided Chiltern trainer Brian Pearson's 4-Y-0/Dashem mare Soldiers Art to an all the way victory in the Harcorp Produce Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2190 metres in advance of Madam Altissimo and Bee Lively in a rate of 2-00.8.
The Shepparton track has been electric since the re-opening a couple of weeks back, as shown by the brilliant 1-56.3 set by prolific winner Our Hillview Gold in the feature event of the evening - Kevin Hicks Real Estate Christmas Gift for C7 or better class over 2190 metres.
Settling mid-field from gate two on the second line after lobbing one/one shortly after the start, Hillview Gold was first to move in the final circuit, cruising up to the leaders Showdownatmidnight and Hectic, before dashing away on straightening, with the quality mare Kissmecatie in hot pursuit after getting into trouble at the start.
Holding a margin to the wire, Our Hillview Gold trained by Glen Douglas and driven by Daryl, defeated Kissmecatie by 10.4 metres, with the roughie Heathbern Diamond a stablemate of the winner third.