Day At The Track

Kilduff celebrates his 28th birthday in style

01:47 AM 23 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Phil Chircop & Driver Jodi Quinlan
Phil Chircop & Driver Jodi Quinlan - Celebrate after The Warp Drive's Cup Win
Simon Evans Photo

Gisborne based concessional harness racing driver Luke Kilduff celebrated his 28th birthday in style, by driving 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Appealing gelding Appeal Of Life to victory in the Ken Miller Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres at Cranbourne on Thursday December 22.

Raced and trained by Rockbank’s Mario Attard, Appeal Of Life from gate two was given a cosy trip following Pumpitup drawn outside him, before making full use of the sprint lane to score from a death-seating Rock Melody in 2-01.6, with Jazzamatazz running on late from last to finish third.

It was Luke’s first winner in 9 drives to date.

Parwan part-owner/trainer Phil Chircop was successful with 5-Y-0 Western Terror/Scotties Princess gelding Dodge The Bullet in the 1st Heat of the E.K. Bray Country Clubs Cup for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres.

Driven by Jodi Quinlan, Dodge The Bullet led easily from the pole, before taking a trail on the heavily supported favourite Bad Cat (gate four) which had been caught three wide running into the first turn.

Enjoying the run of the race, Dodge The Bullet used the sprint lane to record a 4.9 metre victory over Brutus Smith which moved to race in the open at the bell, with Bad Cat third after racing roughly and going off stride on two occasions in the home running. The mile rate 1-59.4.

Sunbury’s Justin Livingstone has 6-Y-0 Conch Deville/Springfield Wilma mare Rockin Wilma racing at her peak at present, scoring a thrilling last stride victory in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2575 metres in a rate of 2-10.4.

Raced by the Livingstone family, Springfield Wilma trained and driven by Justin was slowly away from barrier five as the tapes released, settling mid-field in the moving line, with Orlandos Dream crossing Frosty Vale to assume control shortly after the start.

Racing three wide solo in the final circuit, Rockin Wilma showed great heart over the concluding stages to wear down Orlandos Dream and gain a head decision on the wire in a tricky finish, with Gioiosa Ionica (one/one) third.

Len BAKER

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