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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

By Len Baker

Heats of the rich Vicbred Super Series for Two Year Old Colts and Geldings and Fillies over 2180 metres featured at a 10-event program, which became nine, at Kilmore last Tuesday.

The leading stable of Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin dominated as expected with 13 runners, finishing the night with four winners two quinella’s and a trifecta.

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Another highlight from the meeting was when 23-year-old driver James Herbertson brought up his 1000th career winner when Bay Of Biscay was victorious.

Unfortunately, the second heat of the Vicbred Super Series for fillies was declared a no-race following a fall and will be added to another meeting.

It was the Stewart camp to take the first heat for C and G with Always B Miki-Gotta Go Dali Queen colt Kingman.

Driven by Kerryn Manning, Kingman, starting from the extreme draw, settled four back in the moving line as Chart Topper led for Nathan Jack.

Going forward once the pace settled, Kingman was off and running to effortlessly assume control with stablemate War Dan Buddy, also going forward racing for the bell to park outside him.

Cruising to the wire, Kingman scored by 5.4 metres from Chart Topper, with War Dan Buddy holding third 1.9 metres back. The mile rate 1-58.2.

The stable snared the quinella in the second heat when impeccably bred Somebeachsomewhere-Nike Franco colt Bay Of Biscay greeted the judge.

Settling one/one from gate two on the second line, Herbertson set off racing for the bell to lead for the final circuit, registering a 1.9 metre margin over Some American, which handed over at the bell. Miki To Success was third 2.3 metres back, giving the camp the trifecta. The mile rate 1-58.6.

Captaintreacherous – The Baggy Green colt Stormryder, an unbackable $1.05 favourite, was never out of second gear in the third heat with Mark Pitt in the sulky, leading throughout from gate two to account for a death-seating Sergeant Lou by 11.2 metres, and polemarker Cocosdream third. The mile rate 1-58.4.

The first of the fillies heats went the way of Elusive, a daughter of Million Dollar Cam and Endeared, for Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster with Connor Clarke in the sulky returning a mile rate of 1-58.5.

She led all of the way from gate four to register a half-neck margin over Alwaysbminnie, which used the sprint lane after trailing. Renewal after racing exposed from gate five was third 7.4 metres back.

Heat three saw the Stewart team successful with first starter Vague Beauty, a daughter of Art Major and Beauty Secret.

Angling away from the back of the leader on the home turn, Vague Beauty was too strong at the business end of proceedings, greeting the judge 1.6 metres in advance of Eureka Jo giving the stable another quinella. Paradigm held third 9.5 metres away. The mile rate 2-00.5.

Honest six-year-old Mach Three-Kaleeshar gelding Shaq, which doesn’t win out of turn, did so in the Happy Birthday Chris Snell Vicbred Pace for Charlton trainer John Torney, popular owner/breeder Kevin Clark and reinsman Jack Laugher.

Other winners on the night were Goornong trainer Peter Salathiel’s Cee Oh Dee winning the Hero Retirement Planning Month Pace over 1690 metres; Shelbourne trainer Kate Hargreaves combined with Cranbourne-based former Kiwi reinswoman Sophie Jeffries to capture the 1690-metre Jet Roofing Pace with Eyecon; while Montana Muscle victorious for Girgarre East part-owner/trainer Kevin Covington and reinsman Gary Pekin in the $10,000 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Maiden Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres.

Kilmore harness races are on again on Saturday.

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