Kilmore’s Alannah Logie registered her first winner as a trainer at her home track on Sunday.
Logie’s six-year-old Auckland Reactor-Genuine Investment mare Lady Lani scored a win in the Beraldo Coffee Pace over 1690 metres.
Raced by Alannah and mother Gaye, and driven by Bolinda’s Chris Alford, Lady Lani led throughout from the pole, recording a neck victory over Feel The Reign, which trailed from inside the second line.
Gobsmacked, three back the markers, was third 7.5 metres back after using the sprint lane.It was Lady Lani’s 11th success in 66 outings, with four of them being in Western Australia, were started her career. The mile rate 1-55.3.
The winner carried the colours worn by Inter Dominion winner Jodies Babe when she first graced the track.
It was an entertaining seven-event restricted class program at Kilmore, which included winners from across the state.
The 2180-metre Carlton and United Breweries Trotters Mobile went the way of owner/trainer Gary Scoble’s eight-year-old Tennotrump-Sunchiola gelding Dealers Knock, from McKenzie Hill near Castlemaine.
With Bendigo freelance Neil McCallum in the sulky, Dealers Knock led from gate six and after bowling along at his leisure, greeted the judge by 5.9 metres in advance of Kyvalley Honeybunny in a mile rate of 2-05.1.
Rockbank trainer Anthony Spiteri’s five-year-old American Ideal-Taylor Kate gelding Joshua Richard was a tough winner of the Buds and Branches Florist Pace over 2180 metres.
Driven by Michael Bellman, who made the trip from Ararat for one drive only, Joshua Richard raced exposed from gate four, proving strong for the pacemaker Conspirator, which led from gate five by a half head. The mile rate two minutes even.
Charlton trainer John Tormey was successful with Kiwi-bred seven-year-old Sir Lincoln-Supreme Holmes gelding Glens Of Tekoa in the Momentum Gaming Pace over 2180 metres.
Driven by daughter Ellen, who looks after the horse in Junortoun, Glens Of Tekoa led all of the way from gate four to account for Steve Cleave’s Blazin Cracker and Im Territorial third, in a mile rate of 1-58.2.
Norong trainer/driver Mark Buckingham led throughout from gate four with Tara Leeann, a six-year-old daughter of Pet Rock and Reply With Courage to land the MC Security Pace over 1690 metres.
Heathcote trainer Jim O’Sullivan combined with daughter Shannon to snare the Jet Roofing Pace, over 2180 metres, with speedy eight-year-old gelding Neander Guy in a rate of 2-03.2.
Usually a front of the field runner Neander Guy, raced by wife Terresa, started from inside the second line and was bottled up four back along the markers needing plenty of luck to go his way.
Extricated into the clear approaching the final bend to follow Abbie Lincoln into the straight, Neander Guy. four wide. finished best to prevail by a half head from Abbie Lincoln in a thrilling finish.
The 1690-metre TAB Long May We Play Trotters Mobile concluded the night, with Kialla trainer Darryn Rowney’s well-supported six-year-old gelding Cmon Carl Lee.Driver Rod Lakey ran his rivals ragged from gate four after heading off polemarker will Patrick shortly after the start.
Holding a handy margin on turning, Cmon Carl Lee scored by 11 metres in advance of Jennysfavourite, which was held up on turning.
The next Kilmore harness meeting is on Thursday, February 3.