Sun, Feb 24, 11:17am by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the nine race program at Kilmore for their Cup day program on Sunday, February 24
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Race 1: Mitchell Shire Plate (1100m)
Kilmore Cup day and we are greeted with nine races and the opening one is a small but select field over the 1100m. Putting the Peter Snowden-trained No 6 Pandora on top here as the four-year-old mare deserves to crack it for a win! No 3 Prince Stratum has been in very good form with five places from six starts and could easily take the race out, as could No 1 Glow Torch from the Rick Hore-Lacy stable who resumes from a spell. Putting in No 2 London Walk who makes only his second race day appearance, but did perform well on debut.
Race 2: Harry Overman Memorial (1250m)
The second of the day sees a slightly reduced field after all the scratching’s, but we still have a good line up with the top selection being No 2 Dayarma. Fresh from their double yesterday at Caulfield, the Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra trained runner was a last start second and should prove hard to beat. No 3 Faith ‘N’ Belief was a last start third and bust be included as should No 5 Kool Heaven who finished third in a race that the top rated runner from the first race No 6 Pandora finished second in – watch the form. No 6 Limasool from the Peter Snowden stable is well-bred and could sprint well fresh.
Race 3: McIvor Estate Plate (1450m)
Maiden for three-year-old and up fillies and mares with No 4 Primaluna look a top chance to break her maiden here off the back of placed efforts at her last couple of runs. No 2 Maddy’s Angel is in a similar position nwith some good recent form and should be included, as should No 11 Lerichi who is an interesting runner here and the Savabeel filly should be improved for her second career start. Going with No 1 Hannaism for fourth as she has raced well second up in the past.
Race 4: Northern Fascia Plate (1600m)
Quite an open field of maiden gallopers here, but we lean towards the well-bred-David Hayes-trained No 11 Maraatib, a three-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice who was a last start second as favourite. She is the Best Bet Of The Day and the Best On Breeding – good double! No 5 Weathervane from the Snowden stable should run a good honest race after finishing second last time out, while No 2 Smoke Spirit races for only the second time here and the Racer’s Edge five-year-old should be improved by his debut eighth. Going with No 1 Buddy Love for fourth.
Race 5: Corsec Services Handicap (1600m)
The fifth on a big day of racing leans towards the equal top weight and current favourite No 1 Mr Jazz, a winner last time out by over a length at Seymour. No 2 Mujadale from the Paul Jones stable finished second last time out at Terang, and with a little improvement should be thereabouts again. No 3 Test The Best was a winner two starts back and followed that up with a second at Bendigo and should be included here, while going in race book order, No 4 The Donch goes in for fourth due to his last start win.
Race 6: Hanson Cleaning Services (1100m)
The sprint contest of the day sees a field of eight set to scorch the turf with the top rated runner No 6 Clinton Affair racing first up here. From the yard of leading trainer Peter Moody, the Snitzel colt has two wins from four starts and is the one to beat here. No 1 King Hoaks has been asked to shoulder 60kgs but is a class runner on his day and although disappointing last time out should be able to atone. No 3 Paaratte Pat was a good third last time out at Moonee Valley over the 955m and with the extra trip should be right in this, while No 4 Delegance was also third last time out at the valley, this time over 1000m
Race 7: Listed Sportingbet Kilmore Cup (1600m)
The main race of the day, and we feel class is the deciding factor here. No 1 Wall Street (pictured below) is a Group One winner who has been racing against the top notch galloper of late – a last start fourth to All Too Hard in the CF Orr Stakes, beaten one-a-quarter lengths should win this..shouldn’t it – even with 60kgs! No 9 Cosmic Causeway from the Peter Moody stable is in very good form and should once again make his presence felt, while No 5 Danny The Fox has been set specifically for this race, and needed to win last start for connections to bring him here and won, defeating Cosmic Causeway by a neck. No 12 New York was fourth last time out in the race Danny The Fox and Cosmic Causeway ran one-two in and on that alone should be a chance for the first four.
Wall Street (purple, white stars) winning the Group One Emirates Stakes
Race 8: Hogans Hotel Motel Handicap (1200m)
No 2 Crystal Reef from the Brent Stanley yard was an impressive two length winner last time out at Seymour and should once again be very hard to beat here over the 1200m. No 8 Velonski, a Falvelon three-year-old did finish last at his moist recent start, but look to his run prior to that where he was a good second to Royal Haunt who then went on to win a stakes race, remain unbeaten and was sold to Hong Kong for a reported six-figure sum – good form. No 10 Skatingforgold was a very nice winner last time out and must rate as chance, and does No 1 Bush Aviator from the Danny O’Brien yard who should get a good run from barrier two and prove a good each way chance.
Race 9: Bayview Eden Handicap (1900m)
The final race of the day and we lean towards No 11 Princess Rock from the Darren Weir stable. Finished second last time out to the Mick Kent-trained Hila Lua, who has since franked that form with another impressive win at Moonee Valley. No 6 Haiti a winner last time out at Albury looks an interesting chance, and with nine top three finishes from 15 starts, must rate a good each way chance. No 2 Chilean Plume from the stable of leading trainer Michael Moroney has recorded second placed efforts at his last two starts and rates highly, while No 16 First Defence was a winner at Wagga last time and rates as a good chance for the first four at what should be good odds.
Best Bet Of The Day: Race 4, No 11. Maraatib 3yo f. (Redoute’s Choice x Valadon, Woodman), trained by David Hayes
Best On Breeding: Race 4, No 11. Maraatib 3yo f. (Redoute’s Choice x Valadon, Woodman), trained by David Hayes. A runner up in the Group Two Wakeful Stakes during the Spring, the filly (who is bred on the same cross as Miss Finland) is out of the Woodman mare Valadon, who has also produced the Listed placed Exceed And Excel filly Valoura. The dam of this filly is a three-quarter-sister to the Group Two-winning and Group One-placed Timbourina, as well as a half-sister to the Group Two-winning, Group One-placed Media and the Listed-winning, Group One placed Cardinal Virtue. Family of the dual Group One winning filly Bravery, the Joint Top rated filly of the 1987-88 racing season
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