KILMORE Racing Club hosted a successful turf meeting at bet365 Park on Tuesday.
One of the most impressive wins on the eight-race card was the all-the-way win of Oregon’s Rose, at $18 odds, in only her third start.
Trained at Cranbourne by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the three year-old daughter of Fiorente and Oregon’s Girl, was perfectly rated by Jordan Childs to take out the C and M Build Group Maiden Plate over 2007 metres.
The victory was a huge thrill for co-breeders and part-owners Craig Skelton and his wife Dr Anita Clarke, with Skelton a past marketing manager of Kilmore Racing Club prior to taking a position at Moonee Valley Racing Club.
Skelton is the son of Melbourne Cup-winning jockey, the late Bob Skelton, who was also a trainer at Mornington following his retirement from the saddle until his passing in August 2016.
Bob bred and trained the dam of Oregon’s Rose and purchased and trained her dam, the New Zealand-bred Oregon Seal, the winner of nine races including a win at Kilmore.
“I took Dad out of hospital to see Oregon’s Girl’s only win at Mornington,” Craig said, with a touch of sadness.
Jordan Childs rode the mare that day.
“We ended up jumping her without success,” he said.
Oregon’s Rose is also raced by friends of Skelton and Dr Burke and stable clients.
The victory gave Childs a winning double for the day.
Former New South Wales rider Blaike McDougall also rode a winning double.
Locals successful at ‘The Rock’
On Australia Day at Hanging Rock, Seymour trainer Dwayne Reid and Kyneton’s Danielle Chapman saddled-up winners in the first two races on the seven-race card.
The former was successful with the well-backed Beauweevil, $8-$6.50, in the Will You Marry Me Renate Maiden Plate, over 1600 metres.
Ridden by stable rider Jamie Gibbons, the Dundeel six-year-old gelding defeated the $4-favourite Champagne Miami by a half-head with Understated, $20, a further five lengths away third.
Part-owned by Reid, the gelding was formerly trained by Linc Sullivan.Beauweevil had four minor placings prior to his win.
The following race, the Chapman-trained Snappy Li’l Thing, $8.50, was most impressive in an all-the-way win in the bet365 Lonagan Milham Maiden Plate, over 1000 metres.
Giving the four-year-old Bel Esprit mare’s rider, Michael Poy, the first leg of a winning double, Snappy Li’l Thing ran the field ragged in defeating $2.15-favourite Breadcrumbs by four and a quarter lengths with the Reid-trained Mr Satellite, $4.60, a neck away third.
Raced by the Chapman family, the mare had one minor placing prior to her win from six starts.
Across town on Australia Day at Balnarring Picnics, Seymour trainer Don Dwyer bookended the meeting, saddling up $1.90-favourite All Too Creedy and Peggy Rose, $3.30.
It was three wins from as many starts for the Jimmy Creed four-year-old gelding, All Too Creedy, since transferring from the Brad Cole stable.
The gelding was ridden by leading rider Shaun Cooper.
Part-owned by Dwyer, the gelding was having his 13th start for three wins and two minor placings.
In the last race, Dwyer and Cooper combined with the seven-year-old daughter of King Of Prussia, also making it three wins on end, taking out the George Robinson Pitt Open Trophy Race Handicap over 1008 metres.
Raced by Dwyer and his partner Mary Hackshaw, the mare has now won seven races with five minor placings from her 30 starts.
At Healesville Picnics on Saturday, Dwyer was back in the winner’s stall with Dishy’s in the 1650-metre Allard Crystal Mile Open Trophy Race Handicap.
Again partnered by Cooper, the Duporth six-year-old gelding defeated the Annie Goble-trained, Tyson Barton-ridden Femme Americain, paying $5, by a short-half-head with the $2.40 favourite Fleet Dreams a head away third.
The victory was the gelding’s sixth from 44 starts with 14 minor placings.
Kilmore’s next turf meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 10.
Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club will host its Woodend Cup meeting at bet365 Kyneton Park this Saturday.