Caulfield trainer Luke Oliver, who recently acquired the Romsey property left vacant by Team Corstens, has started to reap benefits from the move.
Oliver saddled up his first winner from his new premises on Kyneton Cup day with Hunamosa, and last Sunday on the Racing.com Park synthetic he won with Reigning in Paris ($9).
The five-year-old daughter of Rothesay has a liking for the Pakenham synthetic surface, with two wins and two seconds from six starts there. On Sunday she was a comfortable winner of the $25,000 Latrobe City Council BM64 Handicap (1400m).
Patiently ridden by Daniel Stackhouse, the mare stormed down the outside to defeat Sky Lake ($5) by three-quarters of a length, with $2.80 favourite Gee Whizzer a half-length away third.
“She’s a bit of a winner now,” Oliver said. “She’s getting a good winning strike rate whereas early in her career she struggled to get the wins on the board.
“We’ve got her up at our farm property at Romsey and she’s done really well up there — we’re really getting results.”
Oliver, who’s had plenty of success in country cups, said he might target the mare at the Hanging Rock Cup (January 26).
Reigning in Paris, part-owned by Oliver, has now won six races with seven minor placings from her 34 starts.
Cup left dateless
In devastating news for the Kilmore Racing Club, this year’s bet365 Kilmore Cup, which was washed out late last month, has been abandoned after no replacement date could be found.
However, a $40,000 semi-feature race will be added to the club’s holiday meeting on Saturday January 6.
The next Kilmore meeting is the popular Christmas Day Out (Tuesday December 19), used by many businesses for their staff break-up.
Dining packages for the day are still available on (03) 5783 0700.
In other KRC news, the club has a new chair.
At last week’s board meeting, vice-chair Maxine Brain swapped roles with Greg Stute, chair for the past three years.
Dr Brain, a long-time local vet, is the first female chair since Robin Levitt presided in the 1990s.
Bill was a beaut
All at Kilmore Racing were sad to hear of the recent passing of Bill Harding after a long illness.
Bill was a past committeeman of the Kilmore turf and harness clubs and was the only life member in both codes — an achievement that will never be matched, due to the clubs’ amalgamation.
As a former local publican, Bill had the ability to attract sponsorship for both codes.
He was a great friend of the late Reg Withers, whose memory lives on with his family’s sponsorship of the Reg Withers Classic and the 7Eleven Cup.
This writer, a Melburnian at the time, is indebted to Bill, who successfully canvassed for me for a position on the turf committee some 25 years ago at a time when committee positions were much sought after.
Bill was privately cremated last week. He will be sorely missed.
Quigley steps up
Congratulations to popular Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club president Anthony Quigley on his recent appointment to the Country Racing Victoria board.
Anthony fills the chair left vacant by KHRRC life member Gerard “Tim” O’Brien, who had held the position since December 2008.