It was a big weekend for district trots participants with several enjoying VicBred Super Series Group One success on Friday and Saturday at Melton.OLIVER CAFFREY July 9, 2014 3:10am
It was a glorious weekend for district trainers and owners at the finals of the Empire Stallions VicBred Super Series.
A number of district connections were successful during Group One finals at Melton.
Kyabram-bred and trained star filly Claudys Princess continued on her winning way, taking out the $60
Claudys Princess is trained by Mick Blackmore, with Gus Underwood the breeder and part owner.
Master reinsman Gavin Lang drove Claudys Princess, $1.90 favourite, to a fourth Group One victory ahead of Illawong Helios and Four Lillies.
But it was Avenel trainer David Aiken who proved to be the big winner, with three of his horses going on to claim Group One victories, along with a number of other impressive finishes.
His son, Josh, 21, drove rising star Eljaykay Phoenix to victory in the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings final, the second race on Friday night.
It was Josh’s first Group One victory.
Spidergirl made it double delight for the Aikens just two races later, with Chris Alford taking the four-year-old raging favourite to a runaway victory in front of Paris Pepperell.
Josh was in the cart when Aiken’s Composed won a $17
Aiken’s Lennytheshark took out the four-year-old entires and geldings Group One final in a blockbuster battle against Guaranteed.
Euroa horseman Cameron Maggs was jumping for joy after claiming his maiden Group One victory on Saturday night.
Maggs’ two-year-old Feeling Arty was a $29.40 outsider, but led from start-to-finish to upstage Aiken’s favourite Show Me The Bling in the Group One colts and geldings final.
Kialla horseman Peter Cormican saw his three-year-old gelding Imamenace claim a Group One victory at big odds, ahead of Shepparton trainer Laura Crossland’s favourite Spidergrace.
Mooroopna Football Club coach Blake Campbell’s part-owned Courageousnquick finished third in the Group One four-year-old mares final behind Pressplay and Im Smouldering.
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