By Len Baker
Kilmore’s massive 11-race card on Wednesday once again honoured local trainers and officials who have been involved with the club over a long period of time.
The meeting also featured another of the VHRC Bonus Race programs, which attracted a lot of attention from owners and trainers.
The 2180-metre JP McKay Memorial 2022/ VHRC Aldebaran Park Trotts Mobile went the way of Kurunjang trainer Maree Caldow’s honest four-year-old Bacardi Lindy-Titillate mare Tipsy Turvy.
Driven by husband John, Tipsy Turvy enjoyed a cosy passage from gate six with the hot favourite Egret, gate two on the second line, leaving a three back position to assume control within a lap.
Going forward three wide to join the leader on the home turn, Tipsy Turvy was a little too strong over the concluding stages to gain the day by 2.5 metres in a mile rate of 2-02.9. Scootin Around (one/two) ran on late for third 7.1 metres back.
The Dick Barber Memorial 2022 / APG Pace over 1690 metres was a local result with Rita Burnett and son-in-law Josh Duggan victorious with rank outsider Major Comment at odds of $51.
Beginning fast to join the poleline leader and favourite Princess Chilla momentarily, Major Comment was eased to allow Nugget Of Truth to come around him and race exposed.
Angling three wide on the home turn, Major Comment kept on coming to record a last stride head margin over the pacemaker, with Nugget Of Truth a tough third 2.4 metres back. The mile rate was 2-00.3.
The Gianni Mifsud Memorial 2022/Aldebaran Park 2Y0 Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres was a tonic for Bendigo trainer Alex Ashwood, who suffered multiple injuries in a fall at Mildura a few weeks back.
Used To Me-My Serene Queen colt Stevie Gee saluted the judge in a rate of 2-06.3.
Driven by partner Tayla French, Stevie Gee trotted faultlessly at the head of affairs, running out a untouched 10.7 metre margin from first starter Lair Of The Eagle and Avenel Eagle which trailed the winner finishing 11 metres away.
Dunnstown trainer/driver David Murphy snared the TAB/VHRC Aldebaran Park 3Y0 Maiden Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres with Saint Sebastian, a beautifully-bred Sebastian K-Illawong Shimmer gelding.
Unable to head off Hold That Gold from gate four, Saint Sebastian gained his second wind to come again and gain the day by a half neck over Sir Ed. Hold That Gold held third 7.5 metres back. The mile rate 2-05.8.
Terang’s Mattie Craven enjoyed a profitable night after snaring a stable double – four-year-old gelding Love Ya Brother taking the MC Security/VHRC Aldebaran Park 3Y0 Maiden Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres and four-year-old mare Regal Reggae in the 1690-metre New Life Laser Therapy APG Pace.
The first heat of the APG Gold Sovereign for 3Y0 Colts and Geldings over 1690 metres went to Delecombe trainer Emma Stewart’s Somebeachsomewhere-Aston Villa gelding Beach Villa (Mark Pitt), leading throughout to register a 4.2 metre margin over a death-seating Interest Free and Banksofthemurray. The mile rate 1-53.8.
Heat Two went to astute Naracoorte trainer Greg Scholefield’s Art Major-Lincoln Room colt Jawsoflincoln in 1-56.8.
The APG Gold Sovereign for 3Y0 Fillies over 1690 metres went to another from the Stewart barn when Our Little Jet led all of the way for Mark Pitt.
Our Little Jet defeated a game Just Miki on debut, which raced outside her by 1.7 metres in 1-59.7. Lochinvar Charm third 3.9 metres back.
The VHRC-Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres saw four-year-old gelding Mielicki bring up another victory – his second from 20 outings much to the delight of owners Nixon Brothers Racing Group, P Nixon, J Watson and S Cook.
Trained at Daylesford by Anne-Maree Conroy and driven as usual by brother Glenn, Mielicki avoided several gallopers and settled four back along the markers as Dicko Dixon, Violettas Gift and Meadowvalley Lover all took turns of leading at one stage. The mile rate was 2-05.
Kilmore harness racing is on again tonight, Tuesday.