Bitobliss became just the third back-to-back Kilmore Pacing Cup winner on Sunday afternoon.
Six year old Blissful Hall/Petite Alto entire Bitobliss made it back to back victories in the time honoured (Group 2) $70,000 Kilmore Pacing Cup over 3150 metres on Sunday October 28, sponsored for the first time by the Kilmore Equine Clinic.
Bred and raced by Don Stewart the father of winning trainer/driver Scott, Bitobliss stepped safely from a 10 metre equal backmark with Jaccka Clive, while Jack In Flight (barrier four) was best to begin, before handing over the front running to N-S-W visitor Mach Alert from outside the front row heading into the back straight on the first occasion, who then took a trail on the hot favourite Caribbean Blaster which stepped cleanly from barrier three but wasn’t bustled by Kate Gath, knowing full well that in all probability the lead was hers.
Scott Stewart wasted no time in sending Bitobliss forward within a lap to park in the open, giving Our White Knight who went ahead of him a one/one trail.
Little changed during the middle stages until Greg Sugars surged Jaccka Clive forward three wide from last along the back straight on the final occasion, but with the speed on, he was struggling a long way out.
Applying plenty of pressure to Caribbean Blaster on the final bend, Bitobliss was superb in scoring by 1 metre in a rate of 2-01.3 (last half 56 – quarter 27.6), with Mach Alert using the sprint lane for third a further 2.9 metres away.
Formerly from Kilmore where Scott worked with the Knight stable for a number of years, the Stewart family are now based at Congupna in the Goulburn Valley.
An epic battle at the end of the 3150 metre (Group 3) Ravitalli Standardbreds Kilmore Trotters Cup for TMO or better class (D-H) saw 40 metre equal backmarker I Didnt Do It victorious in a mile rate of 2-03.1.
Trained at Melton by Merv Williamson and driven as usual by Jodi Quinlan, I Didnt Do It stepped swiftly as the tapes released to settle nice and handy three back in the running line, with Imagunnadogood leading from the pole before handing over to Stoned I Am.
When Don King was set alight approaching the bell to lead for the final circuit, Geoff Webster was quick to latch on his back and park in the open for the last lap, hitting the front before the home turn.
While all this was going on, Jodi was still biding her time off the speed and when asked for an effort prior to straightening, I Didnt Do It joined in quickly.
In a titanic struggle all the way up the running in the $20,000 feature, Mister Zion and I Didnt Do It cleared away from their rivals with neither giving an inch with I Didnt Do It gaining the verdict by a half head, with the outsider Prettylilangeleyes 21.2 metres away in third place.
Raced by Michael Taranto and Merv Williamson, I Didnt Do It a 8-Y-0 gelded son of Sundon and Miss Whizz bred by Merv Williamson (Snr) has recorded 22 wins from 57 race appearances.
Nine year old D M Dilinger/Cunning Atom gelding Mister Grizzly ($12.00) landed a massive plunge to capture the $30,000 Popular Alm Sprint for M0 or better class over 1690 metres in a sizzling 1-55.4.
Backed from as much as $80 on some fixed odds markets, Mister Grizzly (the first emergency) led throughout from the pole, running his rivals ragged to register a 4.4 metre margin from The Smiler which trailed making no impression along the sprint lane, with Smudge Bromac third from mid-field in the moving line.
Trained at Mt Cottrell (Rockbank) by Tony Pullicino, Mister Grizzly was driven by veteran Brian Gath.