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Mifsuds celebrate at Kilmore trots

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By Len Baker

It was Victorian Harness Racing Club’s Bonus Day at a massive 11-race fixture at Kilmore on November 28, with Kilmore trainer Julie Mifsud combining with niece Monique Burnett to land the $10,000 Alabar Vicbred Platinum Maiden Pace.

Four-year-old Blissful Hall-Modern Mary mare Our Arabella registered her first success at start number 31 in the 1690-metre race.

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Raced by Victor Cirillo, Our Arabella enjoyed a sweet one/one passage from gate five following Keayang Speak, which shadowed the leader All Saints Beach from gate four.

Easing three wide on the home turn, Our Arabella finished best to score by a half neck from Social Writer along the sprint lane after following the leader.

Keayang Beach battled on strongly for third a neck away. The mile rate 2-00.2.

Wildwood trainer Serge Lenardi was victorious with six-year-old Major Bronski-Twinkletoes mare Trembita in the 2180-metre Rich River Golf Club – The Perfect Destination For Your Next Golf Trip Pace.

Driven by Annalise Scott, who is based at Chris Svanosio’s Romsey stable, Trembita flew away from outside the front line to cross Live For Peace on the first turn and after being rated to perfection, just lasted by a half head, from Ideal Investment and Live For Peace third, a head away. The mile rate 2-00.4.

Marong trainer David Van Ryn was back on the winner’s list after Trixton-Casa Fundada filly Jansu greeted the judge in the VHRC / Aldebaran Park Benefiting Our Members 2Y0 Maiden Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres.

First starter Northolt, a What The Hill-Shezoneoftheboyz colt trained by Craig Demmler at Parwan and driven by Jodi Quinlan, was an impressive all of the way winner of the 2180-metre VHRC / Aldebaran Park Benefiting Our Members 2Y0 Trotters Mobile second division.

Bet Bet trainer Ray Cross, 83, is having a fruitful season and both him and part-owner wife Janelle have benefited greatly from the VHRC scheme incentives.

Four-year-old Imperial Count-Im Right Or Wrong mare Jessicas Story gave them another bonus by winning the VHRC / Aldebaran Park Benefiting Our Members Trotters Mobile, over 1690 metres.

Driven by Jack McKinnon, Jessicas Story led throughout from gate two, accounting for Mulberry Pie from inside the second line by 3.8 metres. Kilmore polemarker Dellsun, which followed the winner, was third a head away. The mile rate 2-02.9.

Myrniong co-trainers Jess Tubbs and Greg Sugars snared the 2180-metre Benstud Standardbreds 3Y0 Pace with Upsize Me, a Kiwi-bred gelded son of American Ideal and Slangevar.

Taken back from gate three as the start was effected, Upsize Me settled well back as polemarker General Lincoln led before handing over to Upsize Me racing for the bell, which had made a swift move forward. The mile rate 1-58.7.

Long Forest trainer Andy Gath’s three-year-old Father Patrick-Gypsy Flair filly Just A Bit Touchy upstaged her older rivals in the 2180-metre VHRC / Aldebaran Park Benefiting Our Members Trotters Mobile, giving wife Kath Gath a double for the afternoon.

The Become A VHRC Member Today Pace over 2180 metres saw Mt Cottrell trainer Luke Tabone’s four-year-old mare Just As Well record her sixth success in 37 outings.

Driven once again by Chris Alford, Just As Well starting inside the second line was given the run of the race trailing polemarker Ghost Of Time before using the sprint lane to prevail by a head in 2-00.3.

Kiwi-bred four-year-old A Rocknroll Dance-Hidden Jewel gelding Duffy Hollow, raced by Anthony Schembri, was ultra impressive in taking out the $8000 Yeomans Slate and Stone Pace over 2180 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.2.

Trained at Long Forest by Peter Thompson and driven by daughter Kate Gath, Duffy Hollow settled six back along the markers from an inside second line draw as Rainbowsend led from gate three in a spread out field.

Angling four wide on turning, Duffy Hollow put his mind to the job and ran home at a great rate to record a runaway 3.5 metre margin over a game Joshua Richard, with Rainbowsend third a nose away.

Allendale owner/trainer Adam Stephens has enjoyed a wonderful season with his ever reliable team and added another victory to the list when Icanmotor, a five-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from Blue Seelster, scored in the APG Offers $2.2 Million In Prizemoney Pace over 2180 metres.

With Gordon-based Ryan Duffy in the sulky, Icanmotor was given every opportunity one/one from gate four. After easing three wide on the home turn, he careered away to register a 18.4-metre margin over rank outsider Ears Ponder and Mach Charm, who’s effort was outstanding after going off stride at the bell and racing wide in the last lap to finish 4.2 metres from the runner up. The mile rate 2-01.3.

Strathfieldsaye trainer Julie Douglas combined with Charlton reinswoman Abby Sanderson to capture the 1690-metre APG – Serving The Industry For 32 Years Pace with six-year-old Roll With Joe-Trudee gelding Gojoe.

Kilmore harness racing’s next meeting is on Thursday.

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