Congupna trainer Scott Stewart has pencilled in the Shepparton Gold Cup as a possible start for his star pacer Bitobliss who returned to his best form with a brilliant victory at Melton on Friday night.GUS UNDERWOOD January 6, 2014 4:15am
Northern Victorian trots fans could get to see the district’s best pacer Bitobliss in action in the Shepparton Gold Cup on Saturday night week.
Trainer-driver of the Congupna-trained pacer Scott Stewart said he would love to tackle his home club cup after Bitobliss returned to the winning list at Melton, on Friday night, claiming the Sew-Eurodrive Free-For-All in dashing style with one of his characteristic blistering finishing bursts.
Stewart said at the weekend Bitobliss would by-pass the South Australian Pacers Cup in preference for the Bendigo Gold Cup on Saturday night.
‘‘It would be ideal to go to Bendigo then Shepparton the following week in the lead up to the Hunter Cup, but whether he runs at Shepparton will depend on what handicap he gets,’’ Stewart said.
On Friday night Bitobliss claimed the scalps of other top-class pacers Keyang Cullen and the favourite Caribbean Blaster to notch his first win since winning the VHRSC Classic at Melton on October 18.
Below par runs in the Kilmore Cup when seeking his third successive win in the race and also a failure in the Victoria Cup has convinced Stewart his gun pacer has to be driven with a sit and not bustled early in an attempt to try and hold or gain a forward position.
‘‘Everything worked out well in the running on Friday night and he has pulled up very well from the run,’’ Stewart said.
Bitobliss’ win on Friday night was the 21st of his 42 race career and along with 10 minor placings has taken his prizemoney earnings to more than $400
Aiken notched a quartet of wins with the promising US-bred trotter Vics Cheval with a dashing drive and also produced the promising in-form Shepparton-owned pacer Our Warwick Lad for wins at the meeting.
Our Warwick Lad was driven by Aiken’s son, Josh, and in taking the Vetforce Pace Final for C2-C3 class pacers has now won four of his past five starts.
Another impressive winner at the meeting, Hectorjayjay, also had a district flavour to it being bred by Lancaster horseman Russ Thomson and his wife Pauline.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
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.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
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.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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