Seymour gelding Smash The Gong ($3.40 favourite) made it three wins from his past four starts with an impressive effort at Benalla last Sunday.
The Equiano five-year-old gelding was an impressive winner of the Specsavers Benalla BM58 Handicap (1206m).
The second leg of a riding double for Jack Hill, the gelding defeated I’m The Boss ($11) by a nose with Cheap Tycoon ($26) third.
Raced by trainer Barry Goodwin and his family, Smash the Gong has now won six races with two minor placings from 16 starts.
Queen of the road
The 360km journey from Seymour to Warrnambool was a profitable one for Tahlia Hope on Kennedy Oaks day as the apprentice came home with three winners.
Indentured to her father and grandfather, Shannon and Lee, Hope has travelled all over Victoria and beyond in search of winners, and her enthusiasm is being rewarded.
Her win on the Wayne Walters-trained Choysa at Warrnambool on October 20 began a run of 12 winners from 38 rides for “Chook”, as she is affectionately known.
Last Thursday’s treble was her first.
She won on Grassmere Flyer ($6.50) for Adam Chambers and on Bryan ($1.50 favourite) and Great Society ($31) for another Warrnambool trainer, Jarrod McLean.
Hope has now reduced her country claim to 1.5kg.
Come up for the cup
All at Kilmore Racing are hoping Victoria’s good run of spring weather holds up for Sunday week’s bet365 Kilmore Cup.
With the Georgina & Co Fashions on the Field prizes worth more than $6000, plenty of kids’ activities, live music and sensational dining and marquee packages, it looms as a cracker.
V/Line services will connect with courtesy buses running to and from the racecourse.
For enquiries or bookings, call the KRC on (03) 5783 0700 or book at kilmoreracingclub.com.au