Hard working Whittlesea trainer/driver Mark Peace was in the winners stall at his home track Kilmore on Thursday, following the victory of consistent 4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Evenstar gelding Lets Go Happy in the Ian Wood Optometrist Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres.
Starting from gate two on the second line, Lets Go Happy settled well back in the field with the heavily supported first starter Devils Lightning leading from the pole.
Moving three wide racing for the bell to follow Dallas Argyle, Lets Go Happy let rip with a brilliant burst of speed in the last lap to race to the front on the home turn, opening up a margin on his rivals.
Cruising to the wire, Lets Go Happy scored by a 9.1 metres in advance of Bruce Kennedy’s Art Prevails and Terra Beau.
It was Lets Go Happy’s first victory at his 6th race appearance, returning a mile rate of 2-01.4.
Quality Metropolitan/Tuscan Skies gelding Metro Mike made a one act affair of the Book Now For Pacing Cup 27 October Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore.
Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by Emma Stewart and driven by Maryborough’s Mark Hayes, Metro Mike coming off a eye catching first-up second to Jazz King at Ballarat a week earlier wasn’t pushed from gate four, settling near last in the small field, with noted speedster Pinevale Willpower leading easily from outside the front row.
Moving to be one/one for the final circuit, Metro Mike sprinted like a gazelle approaching the home turn to race away and score by 23.3 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4 (last half 56.7 – quarter 28.3) over Itsnewstome and Pinevale Willpower which weakened rather badly.
Avenel mentor David Aiken was also a winner at Kilmore when in-form Jeremes Jet/Quick Comment 4-Y-0 mare Quick Jet snared the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 class (mares) over 1690 metres.
Driven by Chris Alford, Quick Jet was sent forward shortly after the start from gate two on the second line to take up the front running role and after a heady drive, was never headed, accounting for Eleventh Command which led out from gate three before electing to take a trail, with the roughie Rosy Ogrady Lombo (three back the markers) third. The mile rate 1-59.7.
Mt Cottrell (Melton District) rainer George Batsakis combined with Bolinda based concessional reinsman Kyle Marshall to land the Rix Roofing Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres with 5-Y-0 Real Desire/Barogue Pearl entire Minti Choice.
Beginning with a wing on every foot to lead from gate three, Minti Choice ran his rivals ragged in defeating Future Operator off a three wide trail last lap by 1.8 metres in a rate of 1-59.2. The heavily supported favourite Nimble Jack finished third after following the runner up home.
By Len Baker