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Kilmore trots abandoned due to rain

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By Len Baker

Torrential rain put an end to a 10-race program at Kilmore trots on Thursday after only three races were run, with precipitation and poor visibility causing an abandonment of the rest of the card.

Racing commenced on a wet track with the Buds and Branches Florist Pace over 2180 metres, which saw trainer/driver Glenn Bull, from Derrinal near Heathcote, successful with four-year-old Western Terror-Pagan Love mare Miss Piggy Wiggy.

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Trapped in the open outside Metro Man, which flew the gate from outside the front line, Miss Piggy Wiggy was always travelling kindly before surging past the leader prior to the home turn.

Holding a margin on straightening, Miss Piggy Wiggy tired as the winning post came into view to just last by a half head from the favourite Redfox Raider, with Lilnova running on late out wide for third, albeit 18.9 metres away. The mile rate 2:07.1.

Bull is enjoying a wonderful season since returning from the Newcastle area, and is usually a regular at Kilmore meetings, with a good record to boot.

The C and M Build Group Trotters Mobile was an interesting affair, going to the Jess Tubbs part-owned and trained Illawong Larajay, a filly by Swedish sire Sebastian K from USA bred mare Illawong Bardot.

Driven by husband Greg, Illawong Larajay settled four pegs from gate four as Alfie Always began fast to lead from gate six.

The filly gained a one-one passage for the last lap after the raging hot favourite Hesallmuscle, $1.07, came away from three back the markers to lead up the outside division and race clear on the final bend, looking all over a winner.

Appearing to be ‘all at sea’ halfway up the running, Illawong Larajay nabbed Hesallmuscle in the last stride to register a head margin in a rate of 2:01.5. Kyvalley Paint, after trailing the leader, was third, 5.4 metres back.

Smart four-year-old Father Patrick-Solar Flash mare Sangreal, trained at Melton by Maree Caldow, chalked up victory number seven when victorious in the 2180-metre New Life Laser Therapy Trotters Mobile.

Leading out from gate three, Sangreal was tackled hard by Majestic Pride, one of two from the Ararat stable of Michael Bellman, who, after trotting to perfection in the score up from outside the front line, crossed to lead in the back straight on the first occasion, but not without a fight, before going off stride for a hop only.

John Caldow immediately seized the opportunity by easing off her back to assume control.

Shifting ground on the final bend allowing Majestic Pride to obtain an inside passage to challenge, Sangreal, $2.40, was too solid in the run to the wire, scoring by an easy 8.9 metres over Majestic Pride, $8.50, with Wayne Potter’s Alluring Tyron, the $2.25 favourite, third, 4.4 metres back after racing exposed from gate five.

Bellman’s other runner Jazspur, backing up from a second at Hamilton the day before, was fourth, 9.8 metres away. The mile rate 2:05.1.

Kilmore’s next meeting will be cup night meeting on Friday, September 23, which will attract a quality field of nominations including Copy That, Willie Go West, Max Delight, Honolua Bay, Supreme Dominator, Tango Tara and Torrid Saint.

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