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 Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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