Central Victoria: Track specialist leads local charge
By Paul Egan, November 6, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Local trainers Hanna Powell and Jody Thompson and the Seymour-Kilmore father/son duo of Lee and Shannon Hope were all among the winners at bet 365 Park Kilmore last Friday.
Powell won with home-track specialist Kissee Mee ($6.50) in the $20,000 bet365 Racing Cashback BM58 Handicap (1100m).
The six-year-old daughter of Primus and Ellakeira was ridden by Declan Bates in defeating $2 favourite Stylish Missile by 1½  lengths with the Alicia Macpherson-trained First Watch ($13) a close-up third.
Kissee Mee has now had seven starts at Kilmore for three wins and two minor placings, with 21 starts for two wins and a placing elsewhere.
Later on the card, Thompson made it back-to-back Kilmore wins for Test a Day ($2.10 favourite) in the $20,000 bet365 Protest Promise BM58 Handicap (1900m).
Ridden patiently by the in-form Luke Currie, the seven-year-old daughter of Testafiable and the good producer Satdies ’n Sundies defeated Miss Danni ($9.50) by two lengths.
“She’s so tough and honest you can do anything with her, and it was a gun ride by Luke,” Thompson said.
“She’s pulled up a treat, so we’ll keep her going until she tells us when she’s had enough.”
Bred and raced by the trainer’s parents, Norm and Faye Thompson, Test A Day has now had 42 starts for seven wins, 10 minor placings and $111,571.
The longest-priced winner on the program was the Hope Racing-trained Sykedupgal at $17.
The well bred four-year-old Pierro mare was a comfortable winner of the $23,000 bet365 Official Price Guarantee Maiden Plate (1450m).
Coming from the rear of the field, the mare railed up in the straight under Seymour-based jockey Cory Parish to defeat Skalacci ($3.60) by a long neck with $2.90 favourite Vibrato third.
“I think she’ll get a mile and a quarter (2000m) and will handle give in the ground,” said Lee Hope. “She’ll just keep going at the one pace.”
The diminutive mare was purchased unraced in an online auction. Most of her owners are first-timers.
The mare was having her third start.
More ’More
Kilmore Racing Club will host its next turf meeting at bet365 Park this coming Monday (November 12). Admission is free. For dining bookings or enquiries, ring (03) 5783 0777.
Missile strikes
Romsey-based trainer Luke Oliver’s Millie the Missile ($5.50) made it two wins from her past four starts with victory at Mornington last Sunday.
The five-year-old daughter of Smart Missile was a narrow but impressive winner of the $25,000 Steller BM64 Handicap (1500m),  defeating Adina Rose ($11) by a nose with a 1¼-length gap to $2.40 favourite The Regiment in third.
Millie the Missile was ridden by Daniel Stackhouse, recently returned from a short stint riding overseas.
“We had a beautiful run,” Stackhouse said. “She travelled well and peeled off their backs at the top of the straight. She had a nice turn of foot and just had enough to get the job done.”
Millie the Missile now has four wins and 12 minor placings from 22 starts.


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