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.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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