Avenel trainer David Aiken had a day to remember at Melton yesterday when he landed a Group One Breeders Crown double with Eljaykay Phoenix and Spidergirl.GREGOR MACTAGGART August 25, 2014 3:05am
Avenel trainer David Aiken landed a Group One double thanks to star duo Eljaykay Phoenix and Spidergirl at Melton yesterday.
Eljaykay Phoenix ($2
The precocious youngster assumed the front early and after a soft run through the middle stages, kicked away in the home straight to score by 3
‘‘It’s just great to see, this is a great way to finish the season,’’ Aiken said post-race.
The event proved a real family affair with Aiken’s son Josh steering Eljaykay Phoenix to what was his eighth victory from just 10 starts in a mile rate of 2:04.7 with the last half of 58.5 seconds.
Mighty mare Spidergirl took her career earnings to just shy of $300
The daughter of Yankee Spider was taken straight to the front by champion reinsman Chris Alford and proved too tough in the concluding stages for Glenferrie Typhoon.
‘‘Getting to drive a horse like her makes it easy to get out of bed each morning,’’ Alford said following the win.
In addition to his Group One double, Aiken added a runner-up effort when Meadow Valley Road ran second behind hotpot My Arya in the two-year-old trotting fillies final.
Other placegetters from the Goulburn Valley were The Baggy Green (second in the four-year-old mares), Kyvalley Boomerang (third in the two-year-old colts and geldings) and Quick Draft (third in the three-year-old fillies final).
In more news, there was a sensation yesterday morning when gun Kyabram filly Claudys Princess was scratched from the three-year-old trotters final.
Owner and News trots writer Gus Underwood said there was no other option than to withdraw after the discovery of a foot injury.
‘‘(Trainer) Mick (Blackmore) discovered an abscess in her off-front hoof this morning, so we made the call at 8
‘‘It was not worth the risk of running her today, it was disappointing, but the good news is she will be okay.’’
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The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
If too much footy is never enough for you then get down to Echuca South’s oval on Sunday and catch the Echuca Moama United masters, the EMUs, in action.
TRUCKS, cars and vintage machinery took over Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday last week.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
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Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
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