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The highlight of the afternoon’s racing at Kilmore on Thursday was the driving treble by Tasmanian concessional reinsman Alex Ashwood now attached to the Long Forest stable of Andy Gath. The first to come along was 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Solberge gelding We Never Say Die who overcame the wet conditions of the Hogans Hotel Motel Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres. Formerly in the Kilmore stable of Tony Peacock, We Never Say Die raced by Dr Martin Hartnett and wife Kaye is now in the care of Jodi Quinlan at Parwan and after taking a concession, started from a daunting 20 metre backmark. Settling at the tail of the field, We Never Say Die was set alight racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Satisfied Grin for the final circuit, before surging to the front approaching the home turn. Holding a margin all the way up the running, We Never Say Die scored by 3.5 metres in advance of The Dip (three wide last lap from mid-field), with Juan Amigo using the sprint lane from three back the markers after a tardy beginning third. The mile rate 2-03.7. Leg two came about when 6-Y-0 Cr Commando/Our Cullenize gelding Military Precision (trained at Parwan by Jaime Madruga) snared the Morning Melodies 15 Aug Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2150 metres in a rate of 2-07.8. Again taking a concession, Military Precision stepped cleanly from the 10 metre mark to spend the majority of the race parked outside the leader Backina Lifetime. Given full rein to lead on the final bend, Military Precision safely held his rivals at bay to defeat Shiraz Cabernet which trailed the leader, with Wildenstein (three back the markers) third. Four year old McArdle/Sokys Number mare Blue Seelster trained by Long Forest co-trainer Peter Thompson gave Ashwood the treble after greeting the judge in the McIvor Estate Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres after using a concessional allowance. Trapped three wide from gate six, but following Hoppy Joe, Blue Seelster was sent forward to park in the open outside the heavily supported pole marker Real Performer which was hard driven to retain the front running. Proving to be the better stayer on the day, Blue Seelster prevailed in a rate of 2-00.9 over Lavra Florence along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which finished third. Ashwood the son of leading Tasmanian reinsman Rodney, showed outstanding potential in the apple isle, before taking up an offer to join Andy & Kate Gath in Victoria. Goulburn Valley based brothers Daniel and Nathan Jack joined forces to land a double at Kilmore with smart Art Major/My Ami Lee filly Priceless Gem taking the Grange Cleveland Winery Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and extremely talented Art Major/Full Pleasure colt Nowitski the Bendigo Bank Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres. Priceless Gem led from the pole, before being restrained to take a trail on Lotsa Life at the bell, obviously due to the strong head wind in the back straight. Using the sprint lane, Priceless Gem raced clear in the shadows of the post to score untouched by 1.4 metres in a rate of 2-03.2 over Lotsa Life, with Armbro Higgins off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit third. Nowitzki had little difficulty in leading throughout from gate two, blitzing his rivals to record a 14.1 metre victory in advance of Rosa Mach (one/one) and Minti Choice in a slick 1-59.5 considering the conditions. Both horses are trained at Wahring by Daniel Jack. All videos from this meeting are attached next to the photos above. Len Baker  

The Kilmore Harness Racing Club meeting on Tuesday June 25 featured two heats of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series over 2180 metres for Two Year Old Trotters, one for each sex.

Avenel harness racing trainer David Aiken's honest fully American bred Conway Hall/Sunworthy 6-Y-0 mare Sultry Lady appreciated a return to lower grade racing after contesting the Breed For Speed Series recently, when successful in the Ravitalli Standardbreds Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Saturday.

Orrvale harness racing horseman Steven Duffy was left scratching his head when his emerging pacer Almost El Eagle never raised an effort in the George Croxford Tribute final at Echuca last weekend.

Champion Strathfieldsaye driver Daryl Douglas has his name back in the form guide for tonight's (Wednesday March 6) race meeting at Kilmore, almost two and a half months after a nasty race fall at Ballarat put him out of action.

Heathcote trainer Terry French took the honours at Thursday's Kilmore harness racing fixture with a rare stable double - 7-Y-0 mare Statelyness taking the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 class (mares) over 1690 metres and 5-Y-0 gelding Satisfied Grin the Kilmore Pony Club Vicbred Pace for C1 class over the same distance.

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.

The Monegeetta based Lisa and David Miles stable enjoyed a profitable evening at the Kilmore harness racing fixture on Wednesday November 21, chalking up an impressive double with Thunder Fee and Jasmine Sheffield winning their respective races.

The Kilmore Harness Racing Club which presented their fantastic Cup Day program eleven days ago, held their smallest ever meeting on Wednesday November 7, with only six races taking place - the highlights being the Kilmore Equine Clinic Pacers Handicap for C4 or better class over 2150 metres and the G & S Appliance Repairs Trotters Handicap for T3 or better class over 2660 metres.

Six year old Blissful Hall/Petite Alto entire Bitobliss made it back to back harness racing victories in the time honoured (Group 2) $70,000 Kilmore Pacing Cup over 3150 metres on Sunday October 28, sponsored for the first time by the Kilmore Equine Clinic.

Campbells Creek harness racing trainer Keith Semmens has enjoyed great success over the seasons with horses featuring the "Poem/Poet" name, the latest being 5-Y-0 Yankee Paco/A Poem Kept mare Yankee Poem who broke her maiden status in the Amrod Plumbing Vicbred Platinum Country Series E for Trotters T0 & T1 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Thursday October 18.

Chintin (Darraweit) harness racing trainer/driver Steve Cleave has 6-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Sweetadelaidewally mare Maximum Joy racing in peak form at present, bring up two wins in succession by taking the Lilmore Equine Clinic Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Kilmore on Tuesday September 25.

Saturday's (July 7) Kilmore meeting belonged to Wallan harness racing driver Chris Shinn who piloted three winners on the program - all family orientated.

The highlight of the night at the Kilmore harness racing meeting on Saturday April 21 featuring three trotting events was the Mustad Australia $30,000 (Group 2) E B Cochran Trotters Cup for TMO or better class over 2690 metres, with 8-Y-0 Earl/Eilish Mac gelding Earl Of Mot scoring a meritorious victory.

Elmore's Neville Welsh combined with son Clinton to snare the Elders Real Estate Kilmore 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2150 metres at Kilmore on Thursday with Sundon/Wheels To Go harness racing gelding Wildenstein, much to the delight of passionate square gaiting supporter and long time stable client Graham Mulhall who also bred him.

The Kilmore HRC conducted a restricted harness racing meeting on Wednesday January 25 which was well patronised.

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