Day At The Track

Veteran trainer takes the honours at Kilmore

03:45 PM 04 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Veteran Meltonian Graeme Lang took the honours at the Kilmore harness racing meeting held on Monday February 4, taking both trotting events on the program - the Kilmore Country Music Festival 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2150 metres with Steal A Sixpence and the Kings Insurance Brokers Trotters Mobile (1st Heat) for T1 & T2 class over 2180 metres with Katmandonny.

Steal A Sixpence a gelded son of Safely Kept and Half A Sixpence has been in superb form since resuming and was a pronounced $1.50 favourite.

Beginning brilliantly from 10 metres, Save A Sixpence surged to the front shortly after the start and allowed to bowl for Gavin Lang, opened up a commanding lead.

When last season’s Redwood winner Sun Of Sonoko after making a long sustained run from near last to issue a challenge on the home turn, Steal A Sixpence looked to be in trouble, however Son Of Sonoko galloped under pressure leaving him a “mile” ahead of his rivals, coasting to the wire 32.1 metres in advance of Jaden Gil (three back the markers) and Chevals Racer from a long way back in a rate of 2-06.2.

Steal A Sixpence is a full brother to open class performer Save A Sixpence, a winner of 21 races to date.

Four year old Sundon/Make Mine Candy gelding Katmandonny has always shown plenty of ability since first gracing the track and chalked up his fifth victory in 19 outings.

Again with Gavin Lang in the sulky, Katmandonny from gate four was given the run of the race trailing the favourite Kyvalley Rap outside him trained and driven by Chris Lang.

Easing away from the markers on turning, Katmandonny was too strong at the finish, scoring by a head untouched over Kyvalley Rap, with Sir Pegasus off a three wide trail last lap third. The mile rate 2-03.7.

Lara based owner/trainer Shaun Kittel has done a remarkable job with 8-Y-0 Safe And Sound/Kalmana Lane gelding Keeper Of The Fire which was claimed from a race at Geelong in November last year, notching up his 4th victory (three for Shaun) in 120 outings.

The race in question was the Profit Sense Accounting Claiming Pace for C0 to C4 class over 2180 metres and Keeper Of The Fire driven by regular reinsman Michael Bellman raced in the open throughout from gate five, putting pay to the leader Rare Surprise in the final circuit to register a 9.6 metre victory over Eliminator (three wide last lap) from four back in the moving line and You Lazy Boy from last after trailing the runner-up home. The mile rate 2-01.3.

Steal A Sixpence

Katmandonny

Keeper Of The Fire

 

by Len BAKER

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