KILMORE trainer Cathleen Wilson saddled up Jack Of It, a $2.35 favourite, for his second win in as many starts at Kilmore Racing Club’s turf meeting on Thursday.
First up since an unplaced run at Moonee Valley in December, the four-year-old gelded son of Puissance De Lune and the ill-fated Tsigana Begood, was impressive in taking out the 1200-metre MC Security BM58 Handicap.
Giving the in-form Jarrod Fry the second leg of a riding double, the gelding defeated Hillcrest Moses, $2.80, by a length with Vancouver Lad, $11, a further one-and-three-quarter lengths away third.
“It was a pleasing win,” Wilson said.
“You would not have thought he was an orphan foal as he is a big bloody thing.”
Bred by the trainer, Jack Of It was bottle fed on the property of part-owner Roger Sweet after the mother died while birthing.
“The win was a pick-me-up for Roger who wasn’t well enough to witness the win,” Wilson said.
“I’ll consult the owners for her next run as her rating has gone up to 66.”
Jack Of It has now won the two races with a debut second placing at Echuca from his four starts.
The next meeting at bet365 Park Kilmore is on Thursday, April 21.
Rivaldo win for Reid
Seymour trainer Dwayne Reid journeyed up the Hume Freeway to Wodonga on Friday and was successful with Rivaldo, paying $3.90.
The three-year-old Pride Of Dubai gelding was a narrow winner of the Boss Better Living Systems BM58 Handicap over 1300 metres.
Ridden by Riverina hoop John Kissick, the gelding defeated Fever Tree, $17, by a half-head with Riverina Boy, $18, a length and a quarter away third.
Previously trained in Sydney by Matthew Dunn who paid $200,000 for the yearling at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale, Rivaldo is now raced by the trainer in partnership with a number of stable clients.
The gelding has now won two races with two minor placings from his 11 starts.
Kyneton trainer Liam Howley saddled up Champinsky, $3.40, for a narrow but impressive win at Werribee’s Spendthrift Australia Park on Saturday.
The four-year-old daughter of No Nay Never and Casabella took out the Sherriffs Transport and Cranetrucks Maiden Plate, over 1100 metres.
Giving Neil Farley the first leg of a riding double, the mare defeated Zipitup,$26, by a half head with the $1.75 favourite Recap a short half head away third.
Champinsky was a $6000 weanling purchase by the Thomsons at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale and was originally trained by Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahara.
The mare was given to Howley to train last year. The consistent Champinsky had three minor placings prior to her win from only four starts.
Seventh win for Divas
Kyneton trainer George Osborne and his fellow owners have had some fun with My Divas over the years.
The seven-year-old Helmet mare won her seventh race at Echuca on Sunday in the Bet365 Odds Drift Protector 0-58 Handicap, over 1200 metres.
Sent out a $3.70 second elect the mare was ridden by Patrick Moloney in defeating the game Jody Thompson-trained Overcharged, $20, by three quarters of a length with Hit The Moon, $10, a further one and a quarter lengths away third.
Osborne, who part-owns the My Divas with other stable clients, said the mare needed two or three runs into her preparation to show her best.
My Divas has now won seven races with 12 minor placings from her 49 starts, earning just shy of $214,000 in prizemoney.
Milestone win for Dwyer
Seymour trainer Don Dwyer saddled up his 25th winner for the 2021-22 picnic season when Majestic Missile, paying $4, saluted at Healesville Picnics last Saturday.
The Smart Missile five-year-old gelding was having his first run for the stable when he took out the 1000-metre Petrogas P/L Trophy(2) Handicap.
Giving leading rider Shaun Cooper the first leg of a winning double, the gelding defeated the $1.80 favourite Lady Zoffany by three quarters of a length.
The previous week at Mansfield, stablemate Peggy Rose, $3.10, won her sixth race for the season, putting her on top of the picnic horse of the year table, ahead of stablemate All Too Creedy on five wins.
With two more picnic meetings to go for the season, Dwyer has the trainers’ premiership all sewn up. Saturday’s win gave Dwyer 101 victories in Victoria.