The Kilmore HRC conducted a restricted harness racing meeting on Wednesday January 25 which was well patronised.
Kyneton father and son – Greg and Steve Leight snared the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres with 4-Y-0 Sealed And Delivered/Blip gelding Deliverthegoods.
First up since August when 8th at Charlton to Village Spirit, Deliverthegoods from the pole trailed the leader Satisfied Grin which exploded away from outside the front row, being shuffled to three back when Satisfied Grin handed up to the heavily supported Confider (gate four).
Easing away from the markers at the bell to lead up the outside division for the last lap, Deliverthegoods gained the upper hand on straightening to score comfortably in a rate of 2-05.9 over Confider who tried hard but was no match for the winner, with Emmas Operative running on late from last for third.
It was Deliverthegoods second success in 16 outings.
Melton father and daughter – Danny & Samantha Mullan landed the Sitophia Pty Ltd Pace for R2 & R4 class over 2180 metres with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0/Eileen Monica gelding Artoc.
Driven by Sam, Artoc began swiftly from outside the front row, but was unable to head off the roughie Son Of Pariel which was having his first outing since December 2010, leaving him parked for the journey.
Gaining the upper hand on turning, Artoc showed plenty of fight over the concluding stages to register a narrow (half head) victory in 2-01.7 over Spiral Jet (four wide home turn off a three wide trail last lap) and the favourite Boy From Ipanema (one/one).
Nagambie’s Chris Lang (Jnr) snared the Rix Roofing Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2180 metres with/Flirty 4-Y-0 mare Teasing in a rate of 2-05.9.
Leading out from gate two, Teasing was never in any danger, especially when the second elect Mister Elwood galloped when making ground three wide on the final bend, scoring from Marios Dream (three back the markers – one/one last lap) and Dream Of Flair which followed her home.
Rockbank trainer Alphonse Gatt usually has a handy one in the stable and was victorious with 7-Y-0 roan mare Action Royale in the Central Ford Pace for R1 class over 1690 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.1.
Driven by Tooleen based Nigel Milne, Action Royale had little difficulty in leading from gate two, before defying all challengers in defeating Lifes A Lombo which trailed, making little impression along the sprint lane, with Nova Arama third after being three wide uncovered for the entire trip.
Whittlesea’s Mark Peace was a winner at his home track, when 4-Y-0/Let Me Out gelding Sunset Hustler broke his maiden status at start number 20 by taking the Mallia Builders Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres.
Restrained from gate five to possie three back along the markers with Galeforce Grin inside him leading out, Sunset Hustler was eased to race in the open approaching the bell. Travelling kindly, Sunset Hustler proved too strong over the concluding stages for Galeforce Grin in a rate of 2-01.6, with the odds-on favourite Rock Melody (one/one at bell after galloping away from the pole) a distant third.
Kialla (Shepparton) trainer/driver Steve Boyington’s robust 6-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Wayinthedark gelding Twottabigboy did everything right to land the Little Buddha Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2180 metres.
Starting from the extreme draw, Twottabigboy moved forward three wide on the back of Doctor Sam in the early stages before settling outside the leader and favourite Miss Kai Ching.
With the pair clearing right away from their rivals in the final circuit with neither giving an inch, Twottabigboy outstayed the mare over the concluding stages to register his 3rd victory in 15 outings, returning a mile rate of 2-05.7, with Marita Louise a “mile” away in third place.