KYNETON trainer George Osborne produced Irascible Miss, at $5 odds, for an impressive first-up all-the-way win at Kilmore on Thursday.
Having her first run since a second placing at Avoca in October, the four-year-old daughter of Warhorse and Solspey took out the bet365 Odds Drift Protector Maiden Plate over 1200 metres.
Rated beautifully by the in-form apprentice Alana Kelly, the mare defeated the Barry Goodwin-trained Kia Hohe, $16, by one-and-three-quarter lengths with the $1.60 favourite Chart Buster a further one-and-three-quarter lengths away third.
Osborne said the mare trialled beautifully at the Kilmore jumpouts a fortnight earlier and he went into the race with confidence.
“It’s good experience to have a run on this track,” he said.
“The penny dropped last prep and she’s learning all the time.”
Part-owned by Osborne in partnership with the breeder, Irascible Miss was having her third start.
Zac Spain and Liam Riordan took riding honours with winning doubles on the eight-race program.
Huntly tips card
A highlight of Thursday’s Kilmore meeting was the achievement of Racing.com presenter and form analyst, Warren Huntly, in tipping the card (eight from eight).
People who followed all eight of Huntly’s tips and put a $1 multi on, would have scored themselves $33,327 with TAB.
A great day’s work from a great bloke. Well done Wazz!
The next turf meeting at bet365 Park Kilmore will be on Thursday, March 24.
Admission is free. For Trackside dining bookings for the bistro or alfresco area, ring the club on 5783 0777.
Seymour trainer Dale Plant set Kootara up for a nice first-up win at Bendigo on Friday.
Giving the six-year-old Kuroshio mare her third win at Bendigo from as many starts, the confidently backed $3.20-$2.60 favourite, Kootara impressively came from the rear of the field to take out The Big Screen Company BM58 Handicap over 1000 metres.
Ridden by the in-form Zac Spain, the mare defeated Areyoulistening, $7), by two-and-three-quarter lengths with Lady Zoffany, $26, three quarters of a length away third.
Part-owned by the trainer, along with several stable clients, Kootara was previously trained by Pat Carey, who purchased the yearling for $50,000.
The mare has now won five races with 10 minor placings from her 33 starts.
Big weekend for Dwyer
Fellow Seymour trainer Don Dwyer covered some ground at the weekend to achieve success.
At Hinnomunjie Picnics on Saturday, Dwyer saddled-up Peggy Rose, $2.60, for a narrow win in the Alpine Angus and Sequence Rockset Consolidated Handicap over 1000 metres.
Ridden by leading picnic rider Shaun Cooper, the King Of Prussia seven-year-mare, part-owned by the trainer and his partner Mary Blackshaw, has now won eight races with seven minor placings from her 34 starts.
On Sunday, Dwyer journeyed to Balnarring, claiming the first two races on the card with Chilli Chilli, $5, and All Too Creedy, a $2 favourite.
The former, ridden by Shaun Cooper, was a comfortable winner of the Vale Jack Styring Trophy Race (1) Handicap over 2000 metres.
Previously trained in New South Wales, the Testa Rossa five-year-old mare was in her third start for Dwyer.
The following race, the consistent All Too Creedy, with Cooper aboard, took out the Community Bank Balnarring and District Open Trophy Race, over 2000 metres.
Previously trained by Brad Cole, the mare has had seven starts for Dwyer for four wins and three second placings.
Kyneton this Thursday
Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club will host a meeting at bet365 Park Kyneton this Thursday.