Five winners a record

All happy: Kyneton trainer Michael Jones and partner/part owner Ashlee Smith and strapper/track rider Aftab with Lavrovsky after winning the bet365 Odds Drift Protector Handicap. Photo: Pat Scala/Racing Photos

It must surely be some sort of record for a gallops meeting held at Kyneton. Probably one that will never be beaten.

Five horses prepared by five individual Kyneton-based trainers were winners on the local club’s eight-event race meeting early last week.

With spectators finally allowed back on course, the eight-event program was another step forward towards normality.

If anyone had dared to suggest beforehand there would be five local winners – with one starting at lucrative odds of $81 – you would be hard pressed to find a true believer.

The opening event was a 3-Y-O Maiden Plate over 1200m, and trainer Mick Sell hoped that Mobamba, ridden by Craig Robertson, would produce the ability he was sure was there.

And so it unfolded, the $81 chance having his fifth race start raced wide and ran on to win by 0.2 lengths. Woodend Hesket Racing Syndicate is among the part-owners.

Race 2, and George Osborne produced the unraced Kyokushin ($8) in the Maiden Plate.

Alana Kelly had the ride, and Kyokushin edged out Sell’s Boho Miss with a strong finishing burst, coming from well back in the field.
Some of the part-owners came from interstate to see their horse break through.

On to the fifth race, and Liam Howley’s Almighty Will, ridden by Jason Maskiell, was mid-field for much of the 1450m and fought on at odds of $4.80 to chalk up his fifth race victory.

Then it was Lavrovsky’s turn to break through for trainer Michael Jones, leading throughout at $16 in the BM 58 event over 1850m.
Ridden by Jarrod Fry, it was the six-year-old’s second race victory from 29 outings, with total stake earnings now $77,345.

The ‘lucky last’ arrived over 1200m, and it was French Star in the Bob Challis stable who put her best foot forward to win by a length.

The mare was ridden by Logan McGill, and started at $11, with Osborne’s My Divas appearing to be an unlucky runner.