All Clear! Hear from the stars at Melton
The Victorian Heats of the Australian Pacing Gold Fillies series at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday night saw two stables dominate.
Trainers Nicole Molander and Emma Stewart each produced two winners in the four heats with promising fillies, Saphirique and Passions Delight (Molander) and Nostra Beach and Molly Kelly (Stewart).
“She’s a nice little filly. Not saying she’s the best two-year-old filly I’ve ever driven but she’s got the great manners as a rule and it gets them a long way,” reinsman Gavin Lang told Trots Media’s ‘All Clear!’ post-race.
Lang also steered Passions Delight home in her heat.
“You burn them up early like that and then continued pressure throughout the race sets it up for something that’s sat back and done nothing, but she still had the courage to kick away when I asked her for the effort,” he said.
Chris Alford drove both of Stewart’s winners.
On Nostra Beach Alford said: “She was really good, she came out nice and just worked to the front. She relaxed really well and at the top of the straight a couple came wide so I clicked her up and she took off really well.”
He was similarly glowing in his praise for Molly Kelly.
“She’s a full-sister to Frith, so she’s really, really well-bred. Only had her second start tonight, she got a bit keen at stages but once she learns the caper I think she’ll be quite handy,” Alford said.
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Tamworth Showground, which earlier this year was purchased by Harness Racing New South Wales, will now be officially known as the Tamworth Paceway but little will change with the facility to focus on existing uses but grow in time.