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KILMORE trainer Tony Chibnall has Storm’s Colours flying at present.

The five-year-old Fighting Sun gelding made it two wins from his past three starts in taking out the A1 Tyrepower Wangaratta 0-64 Handicap over 1590 metres.

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Storm’s Colours after winning the A1 Tyrepower Wangaratta 0 – 64 Handicap at Wangaratta Racecourse on January 19, 2023 in Wangaratta, Australia. (Photo by Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Ridden by the in-form Jack Hill, the gelding, paying $8 odds, defeated the $2.50 favourite Le Messager byone and a half lengths with He’s On Form, $13, a short-half-head away third.

“It took me for the first half of his career to get him to settle,” Chibnall said.

“Now he just enjoys racing on the speed and Jack gets on great with him.

“He’s very lazy, and I put him in the Kilmore jumpouts on the Monday prior to Thursday’s win.”

Chibnall said the gelding will have his next start in the Woodend Cup – a Benchmark 70 over 1800 metres on February 4.

Storm’s Colours was a $22,000 purchase by Chibnall and the late Leon McDonald for family and friends including Kilmore East residents Danny and Allison Hall.

Storm’s Colours ridden by Jack Hill wins the A1 Tyrepower Wangaratta 0 – 64 Handicap at Wangaratta Racecourse on January 19, 2023 in Wangaratta, Australia. (Photo by Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The gelding has now won five races with 12 minor placings from his 36 starts, earning $138,393 in prizemoney.

Yea successes

District stables were successful on half of the cup day program at Yea Picnics on Saturday.

Kilmore trainer Alicia Macpherson got the ball rolling with a win in the first race with Guided Muscle, $5, in the Royal Mail Hotel Maiden Plate over 2140 metres.

The Tarzino four-year-old gelding was ridden by Kilmore hoop Tyson Barton and was 10 lengths clear of his rivals.

Race three was taken out by the Neil Dyer part-owned and trained Latest Bentley, paying $4.40.

The nine year-old gelded son of Host and Kyneton Cup-winning mare Mrs Bently was ridden by Leigh Taylor.

Former VFL star Vin Catoggio and his brother Laurie are also a part of the ownership.

The gelding has now won six races with 19 minor placings from his 66 starts.

The following race was taken out by Seymour trainer Don Dwyer’s At Large, $4.80.

The seven-year-old mare gave last season’s premier rider Shaun Cooper a winning double.

The mare defeated $4 favourite Kahungunu, who was ridden by Tyson Barton, by one and a quarter lengths.

Part-owned by the trainer’s partner Mary Hackshaw, At Large has now won seven races with 13 minor placings from her 47 starts.

The Nutrien Ag Solutions Yea Cup was taken by Anything But, trained by Sale’s Reg Manning and ridden by Dylan Dean.

Upcoming race meetings

Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club will host the time-honoured Hanging Rock Cup on Australia Day on Thursday at the stunning surrounds of Hanging Rock.

Whether people are looking for a casual day out in the country or a catered experience, there are still packages to suit everybody.

Gates open at 11am and for bookings or for further enquiries contact khrrc@countryracing.com.au.

The following day, on Friday, Kilmore Racing Club will host a turf meeting at bet365 Park Kilmore.

Bistro and alfresco dining bookings are still available for the meeting.

For bookings or for further enquiries, contact Kilmore Racing on 5783 0777.

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