Wallan trainer Ruth Shinn’s Righteously won the Allan Knight Memorial Pace at Kilmore on Thursday night.

By Len Baker

Kilmore Racing Club celebrated the second 2022 Memorial Night on Thursday, remembering many local trainers and drivers who have enjoyed success on the track over the years.

The Allan Knight Memorial Pace, over 1690 metres, was a semi-local victory with Wallan trainer Ruth Shinn’s seven-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Awesomely mare Righteously registering her ninth success in 134 outings (28 placings).

Driven as usual by son Chris, Righteously, bred and raced by longtime clients Justin and Stephanie O’Brien, was eased at the start to settle four back in the moving line as polemarker Border Cross led.

Following Officially Shady forward three wide in the last lap, Righteously swooped on the leaders at the straight entrance before shifting right to the outside fence in the straight to score easily by nine metres in advance of Ringer Russ from last, with Tipofthetongue 3.2 metres away third after trailing the pacemaker. The mile rate two minutes even.

The Reg Shinn Memorial Pace over the same trip saw Cardigan trainer Emma Stewart’s four-year-old Bettors Delight-Libertybelle Lombo gelding Keayang Kamikaze victorious in a rate of 2:00.6.

Driven by Ballarat’s Connor Clarke, Keayang Kamikaze led virtually throughout to defeat polemarker Lottie Moon, which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail. Wingate Guy was third. The margins 1.9 by 3.2 metres.

The Bill Harding Memorial Pace went the way of Melton trainer Tayla Nicholson’s gelding Conspirator.

The Bill Harding Memorial Pace over 2180 metres went the way of Melton trainer Tayla Nicholson’s Kiwi-bred Art Major-Ceebee gelding Conspirator in a mile rate of 2:01.9. He was ahead of Good Feelings and Treacheroustimes was third.

The 2180-metre Barry Alford Memorial Pace was taken out by 10-year-old Stonebridge Regal-Lotasilkari gelding Lotakevi who has become somewhat of a Kilmore specialist, winning three of his last four starts on the track.

Trained at Croydon by part-owner John McGillivray and once again driven by Ross Payne, Lotakevi from the extreme draw followed the heavily backed odds-on favourite Fly By Eden throughout as Bettathanapokeindeye led from gate two.

When Fly Bye Eden took a narrow lead on the home turn, Lotakevi was poised to pounce and did so, blousing the favourite by 1.6 metres at TAB odds of $61. Regality rushed home late from the rear for third. The mile rate 2:03.3.

The Charles Bell Memorial over 1690 metres saw Emma Stewart’s Majestic Son-Aleppo Midas six-year-old entire Alpha Male victorious in 2-00.5.

Driven by Mark Pitt, Alpha Male received a smooth passage one-one from the extreme draw and always looked the winner.

Joining the leader Imperial Whiz which had flown away from outside the front line on the final bend, Alpha Male scored by 2.4 metres in 2-00.5 from Imperial Whiz and Chinski who was third 2.7 metres away after trailing the front runner from the pole.

Keayang Kamikaze, trained by Emma Stewart, won the Reg Shinn Memorial Pace.

Norong trainer/driver Mark Buckingham, a regular competitor at Kilmore, snared the MC Security Maiden Pace over 1690 metres with Shady Jess, a five-year-old daughter of Shadyshark Hanover and Jessica Jasper.

Enjoying a sweet passage one/one from gate two, Shady Jess after easing three wide on the final bend raced clear shortly after to register an easy 10 metre margin in advance of Wichita Kansas. Giglio ran on late from the rear for third. The mile rate 1:59.5.

Meredith co-trainers Emmett and Richard Brosnan’s five-year-old Peak-Foreign Interest gelding In Ardua Tendit went one better than his previous second at Geelong a week earlier by taking the $10,000 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Maiden Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres.

Leading out from gate four, In Ardua Tendit had to pull out all stops to score by a metre from Romsey hope Bundalong Bruiser, which raced exposed from the extreme draw before dropping to the back of the winner on the home turn and using the sprint lane.

Watchingidaontv ran on late three wide last lap to be third a half head back. The rate 2:06.2.

Avenel trainer Wayne Potter produced a nice type in beautifully bred Somebeachsomewhere-Serenity Franco filly Take It Down to land the 2180-metre Jet Roofing 3Y0 Maiden Pace.

With Mark Pitt in the sulky, Take It Down moved forward three wide solo in the last lap from three back in the running line to join the heavily-supported pacemaker Interpretation on the final bend and kept on coming to blouse the leader by a half head only in a rate of 2:01.4. Lochinvar Charm after trailing the leader was third 8.3 metres back.

Heathcote’s Glenn Bull rarely misses a Kilmore meeting and five-year-old Million Dollar Cam-Here I Stand mare Waiting For Love landed a hefty plunge in the TAB Long May We Play Pace over 1690 metres.

Beginning fast from outside the front line, Waiting For Love was unable to head off Elzboy and had to race exposed for most of the trip.

Surging to the front in the back straight on the final occasion, Waiting For Love bounded away with a commanding lead to score comfortably by 2.5 metres over Atlantis from the tail, with Skedaddle Shannon third 10.1 metres back. The mile rate 2:00.7.

The next Kilmore harness meeting is on Wednesday, August 10.

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