Helvetian (NZ) ridden by Hannah Edgley wins the Goddess of Pop Cher Tribute Show April 30th @ Kilmore Trackside BM58 Hcp at Kilmore Racecourse on April 21, 2022 in Kilmore, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

By ‘Pegs’

KYNETON trainer Charles Cassar carried the flag for district stables at Kilmore Racing Club’s eight-race turf card at bet365 Park Kilmore on Thursday.

Cassar saddled up Helvetian, at $6.50 odds, for an impressive win in the Goddess Of Pop Cher Tribute Show at Kilmore Trackside BM58 Handicap, over 1200 metres.

Given a peach of a ride by promising apprentice Hannah Edgley, the six-year-old gelded son of Swiss Ace and Confidante defeated Smiler Marshall, $3.40, by two-and-a-quarter lengths, with the $2.15 favourite Black Opal a further two-and-a-quarter lengths away third.

Cassar was full of praise for the ride of Edgley.

“She followed instructions and never panicked and I was really impressed with her ride,” he said.

“He trialled super at Echuca and the winner of that won at Bendigo. He looked to be disappointing at Avoca but it was too hard a track for him.”

Helvetian was bred in New Zealand by managing part-owner and former AFL umpire Troy Pannell, and raced by him in partnership with the trainer’s wife, Sherree, and the Hardache syndicate.

“I haven’t picked out anything yet for his next run as I like to give him a few weeks between runs,” he said.

Helvetian has now won five races with seven minor placings from his 36 runs, earning $103,255 in prizemoney.

Members’ Day at Kyneton

Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club hosted a successful Members’ Day at bet365 Park Kyneton on Saturday.

The highlight of the seven-race card was the win of Zipitup, a $2.40 favourite, in the Frank Conlan Memorial Maiden Plate over 1200 metres.

The Sports Edition three-year-old gelding was saddled up by former Kyneton trainer and now Ballarat-based Tom Conlan, son of former popular trainer Frank, who tragically died in February 2019.

The win was the first leg of a riding double for Dean Holland, who flourished the whip in excitement as he crossed the line, which would have given the young trainer the biggest thrill of his brief career.

Back-to-back for Jack

Kilmore trainer Cathleen Wilson saddled up Jack Of It, paying $3.80, for back-to-back wins at Geelong last Tuesday.

Coming off an impressive Kilmore win 12 days earlier on a good 3 surface, the four-year-old gelded son of Puissance De Lune and the ill-fated Tsigana Begood, handled the heavy 10 conditions well in taking out the $35,000 Taxi Network Geelong BM64 Handicap over 1306 metres.

Ridden by Jamie Mott, the gelding blitzed the seven-horse field to defeat Naval Envoy, $3.70, by four-and-a-half lengths, with the $3.50 favourite Cheerful Moment a short-half-head away third.

An orphan foal, Jack Of It was bred by the trainer, and is raced by her mother Aileen Zulian and several stable clients.

“He did very well and handled the heavy 10 conditions and pulled up well proving he can handle all conditions,” Wilson said.

“I’ll step him up now to 1600 metres. He’ll probably have his next start at Ballarat on the 8th of May in a BM70.”

Jack Of It has now won three races with a second placing from only five starts.

Osborne in Ballarat win

Kyneton trainer George Osborne saddled up Funny Impact, $3.80, for a nice win at Sportsbet-Ballarat on Sunday.

The Mikki Isle three-year-old filly was a comfortable winner of the $35,000 Suez Maiden Plate over 1100 metres.

Ridden by the in-form apprentice Alana Kelly, the filly defeated Lumin, $4, by two lengths with Stake A Claim, $16, a further one-and-a-half lengths away third.

The filly was a $7500 purchase at the 2020 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale by Osborne for himself and stable clients.

The filly had one second placing prior to her win from five starts.

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