David Aiken has his stable firing on all cylinders. The Avenel harness racing trainer had four winners at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, with son Joshua Aiken steering three of them.
Aiken, who leads the Victorian metropolitan trainers’ premiership by six wins, enjoyed success with in-form trotter Spidergirl in the Glenferrie Farm Kahdon Trot (Group 2) over 2240m with Chris Alford in the cart, before son Joshua drove Aiken's next three winners – Cold Major in the Dimattinas Restaurant Italian Cup over 2240m, rising star Elljaykay Phoenix in the 2240m Group 2 Blue Train Café Tatlow Stakes for 2YO Trotters, and Smudge Bromac in the Tabcorp Park Melton Claiming Pace over 1720m to finish the program.
Eljaykay Phoenix looked pretty special winning the Tatlow, the son of Sundon sitting one off the fence outside the leader before kicking away for a 7.9m triumph in a mile rate of 2:03.6.
Glintintheeye ran second for Brent Lilley and Chris Alford, while Endsino made up ground late to run third.
Meanwhile, the Empire Stallions Vicbred Championship Final over 2240m went to Cyrus, who left his rivals with achy breaky hearts – scoring a 14.4m triumph.
Trained in Wallington by Neville Henderson, Cyrus’s driver Matthew Craven made his move midrace and ran to the lead before running the competition off its legs in a mile rate of 1:55.7.
Must Be Nice finished second for Greg Sugars, while Three Pints was third for Alison Chisholm.
by Cody Winnell
Harness Racing Victoria