A number of Victoria's most promising pacers and trotters competed at the Kilmore harness racing fixture held on Tuesday June 14 and most will have little difficulty in making their way through the grades.
/Gloriette filly Secret Desire made amends for a most unlucky second on debut at Kilmore on June 1, with a strong all of the way victory in the 2nd Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for Two Year Old fillies over 2180 metres.
Trained and driven by Bacchus Marsh’s Amy Tubbs, Secret Desire led throughout from gate two in comfortably accounting for Paintball (one/one) and the hot favourite The Good Times which raced in the open. The mile rate 2-02.8.
Seven year old Kiwi bred Pocket Boy,/Timely Boyden greeted the judge in the SEW-Eurodrive Pacers Handicap for Monegeetta co-trainers Lisa and David Miles.
Driven by Lisa, Pocket Boy began safely from inside the 10 metre mark, only to become buried three back the markers for most of the 2150 metre journey of the C4 or better event.
Extricated into the clear to be three wide on the final bend, Pocket Boy raced away in the home running to score by 6.4 metres in advance of the heavily supported Camivell Rock (one/one – outside leader Myrnionghome turn) in 2-04.4, with Shezacullendargirl third after trailing the front runner and pulling wide on straightening.
Kyabram part-owner/trainer/driver Tom O’Shea’s 4-Y-0/Miss Cue gelding Ninegrandsons chalked up his 7th success in 20 outings when victorious in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2180 metres.
Beginning swiftly from the extreme draw, Ninegrandsons was immediately sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Spinster Clare, with O’Shea content to sit quiet until the last lap.
Asked for a supreme effort on turning, Ninegrandsons rallied strongly to score from Amiri (one/two – three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-03.1, with Spinster Clare holding down third after Le Chabanais off the back of the leader on straightening galloped when using the sprint lane halfway up the running when looking likely to finish in the minor placing.
Bolinda trainer/driver Chris Alford’s/Baulkamaugh Sunset filly Mystic Sunset landed the Cool Rooms Galore 3-Y-0 Pacers Handicap over 2150 metres in a relative slow rate of 2-06.9.
Leading out from barrier two, Alford eased to allow Jefferson City to assume control from the 10 metre mark, with Mystic Sunset enjoying the run of the race.
Taken away from the markers on the home turn, Mystic Sunset proved a little too strong on the post for Jefferson City, with Yamunindi using the sprint lane from three back the markers for third.
Melton trainer/driver Rod Petroff snared the Kilmore Auto Electrical Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres with $23.50 chance Brannaka.
Settling three back the markers from inside the second line, Brannaka finished full of running along the sprint lane to blowse the leader Village Spy in a rate of 2-01.4, with Mands Gearl third after trailing the pacemaker and moving away from the inside on straightening.
The Kilmore Turf Raceday 5th July Trotters Handicap for T0 class over 2150 metres was a knockout for punters, when 5-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Cassies Miss mare Daretobedifferent scored at gigantic odds of $54.60.
Trained at Lemnos (Goulburn Valley) by Mark Lee and driven by partner Stacey Towers for her NSW based parents, Daretobedifferent making her 3rd appearance at the races and first in Victoria, stepped safely from the pole to possie three back the markers, with the two fancied runners Bill Pepperell and Sultry Lady settling a “mile” away, especially Sultry Lady which galloped wildly shortly after the start.
Eased four wide on the home turn, Daretobedifferent ran home stylishly to overhaul Charliesbaby (one/one – three wide home turn) in the shadows of the post, with a death-seating Right Side Up holding down third. The mile rate a pedestrian 2-11.