SEYMOUR trainer David ‘Butch’ Bourne ‘held the fort’ for district stables at Kilmore Racing Club’s turf meeting on Tuesday.
Bourne saddled up In Due Time, at odds of $2.70, for back-to-back wins in the 1200-metre MC Traffic-RMBL Investments Rising Stars Race.
Apprentice Laura Lafferty showed plenty of patience coming from the rear of the field to defeat the $2.60 favourite Otelo by a neck with Mortal Witness, paying $6, a further two lengths away third.
The three-year-old gelded son of No Nay Never and Fantasy Eight was a $10,000 purchase by Bourne at the 2019 Magic Millions National weanling sale for longtime stable clients.
In Due Time has now won the two races from his four starts already tripling his purchase price with earnings of $33,575.
For Bourne it has been a good few weeks, winning four races from his past seven starts.
Only one favourite, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly Seacole, $1.60, was successful on the eight-race card with a few ‘shorties’ going down.
The next Kilmore turf meeting will be on Tuesday, January 25, while Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club will host its time-honoured bet365 Hanging Rock Cup at ‘The Rock’ the following day, Australia Day.
Kyneton trainers Charles Cassar and Mick Sell saddled-up winners at the weekend.
Cassar was successful with Daniyah, paying $16, at Camperdown on Saturday with Sell saddling-up $1.70 favourite Bono Miss for a well-deserved win at Benalla the following day.
The former, a four-year-old Artie Schiller mare, had a change of luck, after two second placings at her two previous starts, and was a narrow winner of the Country Road Farm Supplies 0-58 Handicap over 1000 metres.
Artie Schiller, ridden by Nathan Punch, has now won two races with three minor placings from her 15 starts.
Boho Miss, a four-year-old daughter of Redente and Kicha, who hadn’t been further back than fourth at her past five runs, was a comfortable winner of the Royal Hotel Maiden Plate over 1406 metres.
Giving her rider Daniel Stackhouse, the middle leg of a winning treble, the mare defeated Mongolian Flame, $8.50, by one and a half lengths with Cubed, $11, a half-length away third.
Part-owned by former VFL star Vin Catoggio, Boho Miss had four minor placings prior to her win.