Romsey trainer Luke Oliver headed for the border at Wodonga last Friday and came home a winner.
He saddled up Red Maestro ($1.60 favourite) for a comfortable win in the Parkside Produce Maiden Plate (1100m).
Ridden by the in-form Dylan Dunn, the Master of Design five-year-old gelding defeated Next Edition ($5) by 1¼ lengths with Texas Tramp ($21) a further 3¼ lengths away third.
The gelding deserved the win as he’d been narrowly beaten into second place at his previous two starts.
“He was well ridden by Dylan,” Oliver said. “He still has a lot to learn but his talent proved too much for the opposition today.
“The progression from last prep till now shows he’ll only keep improving.”
Red Maestro was having only his fourth start.
The following day, Kyneton trainer Mick Sell and Bendigo apprentice Jessie Philpot combined to take out the last at bet365 Yarra Valley last Saturday with the similarly named La Maestra.
Rated beautifully in the lead by Philpot, the five-year-old Krupt mare hung on to take out the Moxons Last Dash 0-58 Handicap (1009m).
The mare defeated $4.20 favourite, Can Star, by 1½ lengths with Third Coming a further length away third.
La Maestra has now won four races with three minor placings from 19 starts.
Track pleases punters
Kilmore hosted its first meeting for more than 14 months last Thursday and club chief executive Ben Murphy was ecstatic at the performance of the new widened surface.
Five favourites were successful on the eight-race card, though district trainers were shy of the winning post.
The next meeting at bet365 Park Kilmore is on Thursday February 27.
A Knight’s farewell
All at Kilmore Racing Club were saddened to hear of the passing of former committeeman and life member Jack Knight late last week.
Jack came from a family with a rich harness history and was a trainer/driver himself in the Melbourne Showgrounds days.
He also dabbled in occasional thoroughbred ownership.
A veteran of the transport industry, Jack was always there to assist the club in advice and purchasing of equipment.
He will be farewelled at a service at Christ Church Kilmore today (Friday). A get-together at Kilmore Trackside will follow.