By ‘Pegs’

Kilmore trainer Lee Hope’s win was the highlight of the eight-race card at bet365 Park Kilmore on Thursday.

With only his second run after a three-year disqualification, Hope saddled-up Richter, paying $7, for a comfortable win in the MC Traffic BMg8 Handicap over 1212 metres.

Ridden by the trainer’s granddaughter, Tahlia Hope, the four-year-old gelded son of Skilled and Red Silk defeated O’Reg, $8, by a half-neck with Annie’s Comet, $20, a further two and a quarter lengths away third.

Tahlia Hope with her grandfather Lee Hope. Photo: Racing Photos.

“It was a big thrill as it’s been a long time. It was very satisfying as Shannon [Lee’s son] and I do all the work on our own and we are lucky we have good, reliable track riders,” Hope said.

“It was great having Tahlia aboard as she rode her first winner on Danvito for us as an apprentice at Kilmore and it was her first winner as a fully-fledged jockey at the same track.”

Bred by the trainer’s partner Carol Shinn, the gelding is raced by her in partnership with several long-time loyal stable clients.

The gelding was previously trained at Mt Gambier by Peter Hardacre.

Richter has now won two races with a second placing at Bordertown, South Australia, from his five starts.

Hoofnote: Tahlia Hope covered some ground at the weekend in search of another winner as the following day she travelled to Albury and rode Stand To Attention for Dan McCarthy for a brilliant win and on Saturday she travelled to Avoca to win aboard the Matt Laurie-trained Dromeas.

Kilmore Racing Club ambassador Paul Egan presents Warren Huntly with his memento of his achievement.

Warren’s eight rewarded

At its meeting on Thursday, Kilmore Racing Club presented presenter and tipster Warren Huntly with a memento in the form of a montage for his unbelievable achievement in picking eight winners from his eight selections at the club’s March 10 meeting.

Connections of Virtuous Circle after the colt’s win at Mornington last Saturday. Photo: Racing Photos

Metro success for Howley

Kyneton trainer Liam Howley saddled up Virtuous Circle, $61, at Mornington on Saturday for his biggest win since training in his own right.

Previously private trainer for the Williams family at Macedon Lodge, Howley now trains on 60 acres with up to 30 horses in work.

Having only his second race start, the son of Almanzor and She Is Stryking, was a narrow winner of the $130,000 Cleanaway Sustainability Sires for two year-olds over 1500 metres.

Ridden by Fred Kersley, the colt defeated the $2.20 favourite by a short-half-head with the stablemate of the winner, Highland Harley, $31, a further two lengths away in third.

A $380,000 Inglis Classic purchase, Virtuous Circle also became Howley’s first two-year-old winner.

“We went to market and we wanted to buy horses we wanted to train – that was the motto going in early and we got great support from some great clients,” Howley said.

“Internally we thought his first-up run was super. He did exactly what we wanted him to do and he’s come on since.

“While we weren’t confident, we knew he’d run well today.”

Howley said the colt would now go for a spell.

Dwyer’s double

Leading picnic trainer, Seymour’s Don Dwyer continued his good run at Healesville picnic races on Saturday.

Dwyer saddled up Peggy Rose, $5, and All Too Creedy, $2 favourite, for  a running double.

The former, a King Of Prussia seven-year-old mare, made it back-to-back wins in taking out the Matthew O’Brien Memorial Handicap over 1000 metres.

Raced by Dwyer and his partner Mary Hackshaw, the mare has now won nine races from her 35 starts.

The following race, the duo combined to take out the time-honoured Cindy McLeish MP Golden Thong Handicap over 2350 metres with the four-year-old Jimmy Creed gelding.

Part-owned by Dwyer, the gelding has now won five races with five minor placing from his eighteen starts.

Dwyer has won six races from his past 12 starters.