KILMORE trainer Tony Chibnall yesterday confirmed his talented filly Rainbiel will head to Moonee Valley for the Group 3 $160,000 Typhoon Tracy Stakes over 1200 metres on February 19.
The three year-old daughter of Toronado and Isles Of Wonder was luckless in going down by a short half-head to Diamond Inthe Sky in the $135,000 Vale John C. Adgemis Handicap, over 1100 metres, in her previous start at Caulfield on Australia Day.
“She bounced back from the run really well, and came off the track this morning (Monday) with her tail in the air,” Chibnall said.
The young trainer said he wouldn’t entertain the criticism on social media thrown at the ride of Dean Holland when Rainbiel was sent out a $2.30 favourite.
“She’s always tardy in the barriers and was slow out. She got boxed in and she had to be pulled out wide in the straight,” he said.
Chibnall said he would give the filly a gallop at The Valley on the Monday morning prior to the Friday night.
Rainbiel was purchased by Chibnall and long-time stable client Leon McDonald for $10,000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale.
The filly has already earnt $91,282 in prizemoney from her two wins and four minor placings from only six starts.
Lesia’s Boy a Werribee winner
Fellow Kilmore trainer Lesia Masnyj saddled-up Wardy Boy ($3.30) for an all-the-way win at Werribee’s Spendthrift Australia Park last Friday.
Rated beautifully in the Heavy 10 conditions by Mornington apprentice Kiran Quilty, the Reward For Effort five-year-old gelding took out the 1600-metre RMBL Investments Rising Stars BM58 Handicap.
The gelding hung on to defeat Rajpipla ($5) by a head with Pufnstuf ($4.60) third.
Also owned by the trainer, Wardy Boy has now won three races with six minor placings from his 33 starts.
District trainers saddled-up three-quarters of the winners on the program at Healesville Picnics on Saturday.
Kilmore trainer and Mitchell Shire councillor Annie Goble started the ball rolling when successful with the appropriately-named I Fought The Law ($5) in the 1000-metre Bling It On Pony Maiden Plate.
Ridden by apprentice Joanne Geddes, the Dissident four-year-old mare defeated the $2 favourite Dee Jay Cee by one and a half lengths.
The mare was having her fourth start.
The following race, Seymour trainer Don Dwyer continued his good run at the picnic races this season with a win with I Love Champagne – a $1.90 favourite.
The win in the Densal Audio Trophy Race(3) Handicap was the Nicconi mare’s third in as many starts since joining the Dwyer stable.
The win was Dwyer’s 12th in the picnics this season.
Veteran Seymour trainer Gordon Strang saddled up $2.80 favourite Next Generation for an easy eight-length win in the Kathy Gambells 50th Open Trophy Race Handicap over 1200 metres. The win gave jockey Dani Walker her 100th career victory.
Fellow Seymour trainer Barry Goodwin took out the last with Molly Dook ($2.70). The well-named Ambidexter five-year-old mare was ridden by Jordan Sanders in defeating the Don Dwyer-trained Dishy’s by a length. Part-owned by picnic racecaller and recently acquired Racing.com presenter Ben Sporle, the mare has now won five races with seven minor placings from her 28 starts.
Kilmore turf on Thursday
Kilmore Racing Club will host a turf meeting on Thursday at bet365 Park Kilmore.
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