Avenel reinsman Josh Aiken had a night to remember when he drove Cold Major to defeat the great Smoken Up at Kilmore last Saturday night.GUS UNDERWOOD April 25, 2014 3:15am
Josh Aiken had a memorable night at Kilmore by driving Cold Major to defeat Smoken Up and also winning on Cold Sister.
Josh Aiken thought it was a privilege just to be driving in a race against the great Smoken Up, let alone beating him.
But that’s the scenario that unfolded at Kilmore last Saturday night when the youthful Avenel reinsman partnered Cold Major to a win over the superstar pacer.
‘‘I have grown up watching Smoken Up and admiring him and to be in the same race was a thrill in itself. To win was just unreal,’’ Aiken said.
‘‘I know it wouldn’t have happened a few years ago when he (Smoken Up) was at his best, but it’s still nice to get a win over him. It’s something I will never forget.’’
It was the sixth time Aiken has won on Cold Major, who boasts 14 wins and eight placings and $76
In what was the concession reinsman’s biggest night so far in his fledgling career that only started this season, Aiken also partnered the top trotting mare Cold Sister to a win.
Cold Sister, also trained by his father David, was at generous tote odds of more than 4-1 and beat the fast-finishing Geoff Martin-trained outsider Monsieur Deville in a district quinella in the race for T5 or better class trotters.
It is the first time Aiken has driven Cold Sister in a race, but at home he drives the mare in all her fast hit-outs, so he knows her well.
‘‘She has raced mainly at Melton and I haven’t a licence to drive there yet, so that’s why I haven’t driven her before in a race,’’ Aiken said.
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