Two district-trained fillies will be chasing glory at Melton tomorrow night in the $60000 Group One Victoria Trotters Oaks.
Moonshine Linda will be trying to achieve the NSW-Victoria Oaks double for Rochester trainer Neville Pangrazio and reinsman Gavin Lang.
Unfortunately the recent NSW Oaks winner has not been favoured in the draw, coming up with barrier seven outside the front row.
Acardia horseman Patrick Ryan lines up last start winner Allthemoves, but like Moonshine Linda she has to overcome a challenging second row draw.
Bunbartha horseman Brian Bourke will also be chasing a feature trotters race win at the meeting with Starlight Red, who is drawn to run a cheeky race from barrier three in the $30000 Group Two Tatlow Stakes for two-year-old trotters.
John Newberry will do the driving honours on Starlight Red.
He’s a menace no longer
To say trotter Imamenace has been a frustrating horse would be an understatement, but there is a good chance Kyabram’s Wes Shellie will remember the seven-year-old for the rest of his life.
The reason is that Imamenace provided Shellie with his first win as a trainer when he led throughout to win on Tuesday night at Shepparton.
Shellie has had his trainer’s licence for only a month, but has a solid grounding in the sport through his father Peter, a hobby trainer and keen breeder, and his late grandfather Bill who was a successful trainer.
Peter said whereas Imamenace would probably not be around if he was still training the horse, Wes had managed to bond with the giant gelded son of Eilean Donon.
Imamenace was having his third start for Wes and had put the writing on the wall for a coming win with a second at his previous start at Bendigo and from a frontline draw he led throughout for an easy win at odds of nearly 5-1.
A big future was predicted for Imamenace when he won the Vicbred Super Sires three-year-old trotters final for colts and geldings, but he has been frustrating since, and this week’s win was just his fourth.
In contrast to most meetings, it was not a big night for district trainers with David Aiken and Cameron Maggs bringing up the only other local wins on the nine-race card.
Aiken scored on the Josh Aiken-prepared three-year-old Ima Rocknroll Diva against the older pacers in a C0 only class race, while Maggs produced two-year-old Rollecks for an all-the-way win at nice odds.
Maggs was also in the winner’s circle at Bendigo on Wednesday night with three-year-old trotter Lunchwitharthur.