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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Multiple wins to Lilley’s stable

Last Sunday, the Charlton Harness Racing Club hosted one of the most anticipated events on the country racing circuit, featuring not only the prestigious Cup races but also the revered Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships, with roots dating back to 1960 and 1984 respectively.

These marquee events attract top-tier stables that meticulously prepare their horses for a shot at glory. Among them, the Brent Lilley stable from Bolinda emerged triumphant with three wins, all achieved with trotters. The increasing popularity of this breed among owners and trainers is evident, thanks to higher prize money and more racing opportunities.

In the North West Ag Services Charlton Trotters’ Cup, Kyvalley Hotspur, driven by renowned Australian jockey Chris Alford, delivered a stellar performance. Overcoming a 10-meter handicap, Kyvalley Hotspur seized the lead at the 1500-meter mark, maintaining a strong pace to secure a commanding 10-meter victory.

Another highlight was Kyvalley Heist, driven by the talented 21-year-old Tristan Larsen. Despite his recent move from New Zealand to Australia, Larsen displayed exceptional skill, guiding Kyvalley Heist to victory with a commanding lead.

In the Pacing Cup, the John Justice stable clinched the title with a masterful performance by Helluva. Making a triumphant return after a hiatus since the Inter-Dominion Carnival in Brisbane, Helluva’s controlled speed and strategic racing tactics secured victory, leaving competitors Kosimo and Ideal Escape trailing behind.

The final event of the day, the Central Victorian Pacing Championship, witnessed a thrilling showdown, with Scheming narrowly edging out rivals Stag Party and Outback Queenie in a tactical race that kept spectators on the edge of their seats.

Additional race highlights included Hay Miki’s impressive sprint lane victory in Race one, Hootn Holla’s upset win in Race two, Colby Art’s aggressive drive to victory in Race three, and Maxy Wants To Play’s consecutive wins in Race four.

President Joe Thompson expressed gratitude to the dedicated team and volunteers whose hard work contributed to the success of the event. Special recognition was given to Andrea O’Gorman for her outstanding promotional efforts, highlighting the growing support from sponsors.

In conclusion, the Charlton Harness Racing Club’s event showcased the best of harness racing talent and underscored the community’s passion for the sport.

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