Winners from across the region had a successful night at Kilmore’s eight race card on Thursday.
Kilmore’s Alannah Logie combined with Georgie Chamouras, who produced the ‘drive of the night’, to land the Jet Roofing Concession Drivers Pace over 2180 metres with five-year-old Western Terror-Sunday Rose gelding Northern Terror.
Enjoying a sweet one-one trip from gate two on the second line as Ben Yole’s Nifty Jolt led from gate three, Northern Terror angled down to trail the leader approaching the home turn.
After using the sprint lane, he finished best to prevail by 2.7 metres over Nifty Jolt, with Muriel running on late from the rear for third 1.9 metres away. The mile rate 2-02.
Lancefield’s Rod Petroff trained and reined Peak-Gatesys Girl filly Gatesys Mate to greet the judge in the 1690-metre Standardbreds For Breast Cancer Trials 3Y0 and Older Maiden Trotters Mobile.
Given the run of the race from gate four as McGee led from gate two, Gatesys Mate joined the well-supported Its Not Love Me, which raced exposed on the home turn after the leader galloped.
Gatesys Girl also defied a late challenge by Claudys Secret from the rear to score by a half neck in a rate of 2-04. Its Not Love Me held third 4.2 metres away.
Yole was victorious with Sweet Lou-Rock Two Times filly Yarecon Im Sweet, who defeated her older rivals in the Momentum Gaming Concession Drivers Pace over 1690 metres.
Driven by 19-year-old Chiltern-based Harry O’Neill, Yareckon Im Sweet began brilliantly from outside the front line to lead and was never headed, scoring by 15.1 metres in 1-57.2 from Diegos Diamond and Wichita Kansas who was 4.3 metres away third.
It’s great to see Pipers Creek trainer/driver Tony having success of late.
Xiriha’s four-year-old Tennotrump-Wrath Of Rosie mare Brookies Babe was victorious in the Hanson Cleaning Services 3Y0 and Older Maiden Trotters Mobile over 1690 metres.
Bred and raced by long-time clients Sam and Sharon Godino, Brookies Babe came from the tail to make the home-turn four wide and rattle home registering a half-neck margin over Mister Walker in a rate of 2-02.6. Normandy, which led earlier, was third 1.5 metres away.
Parwan trainer/driver Jodi Quinlan was successful with Art Major-Ima Spicey Lombo colt Spicey Major in the Georgina and Co Pace over 1690 metres.
In a race where the poleline leader Major Assassin and Interpretation attacked each other relentlessly from the start, the race was set up for those back in the field.
Despite making the final bend five wide from the tail, Spicey Major ran home strongly to gain the day by 3.5 metres from Chevron Flies, which dashed clear on the home turn, as favourite John Wayne was third 1.5 metres back. The mile rate 1-56.6.
The in-form stable of Bendigo’s Kent Harpley and Ashley Manton snared the 2180-metre MC Security Pace with Bulldog Khan, a four-year-old entire by Restrepo from Rosie Khan.
Backed in from 100-1 on fixed odds to run at $5.50, Bulldog Khan exploded away from gate five to lead throughout and score by 10 metres from As She Says, who trailed easing off the back of the winner on straightening to no avail.
Alistair Lavros was third 1.2 metres back after following the pair. The mile rate 2-02.
Rockbank co-trainers Blake and Ted Caruana brought up two wins in succession with Sweet Lou-Sancerre five-year-old mare Sweet Annie May by taking out the 1690-metre Buds and Branches Florist Pace.
Settling three back in the moving line from gate three as Over The Odds began fast to lead from gate four, Sweet Annie May eased three wide in the final circuit to outstay her rivals and record a strong head margin over the pacemaker in a mile rate of 1-58.5.
Dunnstown’s David Murphy was successful with four-year-old Captaintreacherous-Valiant Sue mare Perfidious Sue in the C and M Build Group Mares Trotters Mobile over 1690 metres.
Despite racing exposed for the majority of the trip from gate six, Perfidious Sue was too strong for her rivals when greeting the judge by an easy 7.5 metres over the pacemaker Christmas Babe returning a mile rate of 2-02.1.
Dona Amalia, which trailed the leader, used the sprint lane for third a nose away.
Kilmore’s next meeting will be on Thursday, November 16.