Day At The Track

Lisa Miles jags a double at Tabcorp Park

06:38 AM 05 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Michael Thomas Virgil Hilts
Michael Thomas
Stuart McCormick Photo
Virgil Hilts
Stuart McCormick Photo

Harness racing trainer driver Lisa Miles drove a winning double last night at Tabcorp Park Melton from just two starters.

Miles’ evergreen trotter Michael Thomas (9G, Malabar Maple/Krysta) won the Haras Des Trotteurs Handicap and stablemate Virgil Hilts (4G, Grinfromeartoear / Telern Hilda) took the Goldacres Pacers Handicap.

Michael Thomas’ win was his 12th from 69 starts and brought the nine-year-old within $8000 of the $100,000 career stakes mark.

VIDEO: MICHAEL THOMAS TAKES OUT THE TROT AT MELTON

The 2013 Maryborough Trotters Cup winner stepped best from pole to lead in the 2760-metre trip, Miles able to control the race to suit when left unchallenged throughout.

Michael Thomas was well-tried in betting, into $4 late, the writing on the wall after an eye-catching run last time out. He rated 2:06.2.

Race favourite The Boss Man ($2.70) finished 6.1m behind the winner in second, while Leannes Boy was third.

Virgil Hilts’ win was nearly a carbon copy of Michael Thomas’, stepping best from behind the tapes to lead, controlling proceedings and kicking strongly at the finish.

The four-year-old started $5.30 and held off Trison ($3.10) and fast-finishing Chestervale Jet ($30.40) in a mile rate of 2:01.6.

RESULTS OF ALL RACES

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Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria

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