Kyabram Free Press

Looking for more Success on Sunday

- By Gus Underwood

Can Kyabram-trained filly Senitas Success upset the colts and geldings in this Sunday’s $75,000 Victoria Trotters Derby at Maryboroug­h?

The Mick Blackmore-trained and James Herbertson-driven filly issued a big warning to all her rivals when she returned to her best form to win her heat of the Derby on Sunday at Maryboroug­h.

Despite sitting outside the pacemaker for the gruelling 2690m trip Senitas Success proved too tough for her rivals in arguably her best career run, in which she rated a scorching 2.00.9 for the marathon trip.

Senitas Success was one of only two fillies in her heat and now looks a major player in the final, in which Blackmore will be hoping she can go one better than another filly he trained, the five-time Group One winner Claudys Princess, who finished an unlucky second in the blue-ribbon event.

Blackmore is among several Kyabram and district trainers, drivers and owners to enjoy success over the past week.

Kyabram’s Gary Payne enjoyed a win with veteran pacer Artizz at last week’s meeting at the Frank Ryan Raceway, Echuca.

Payne used Artizz’s gate speed to find the front early and the eightyear-old defied all efforts to be run down over the 2160m trip.

By the top sire Art Major, Artizz is a veteran of 120 starts, which have produced only the four wins but 31 minor placings, including 20 thirds.

Tongala trainer Michael Watt continued his good run of recent success with a winner at last week’s Kilmore meeting.

Watt produced trotting mare Magic Maid for a win at only her second start.

The Majestic Son four-year-old had to work hard for the early lead and kept all her rivals at bay for the rest of the race in a determined effort. Echuca-moama trots enthusiast­s Norm and Joan Visca own Magic Maid, who was driven to victory by Herbertson.

Also enjoying another win with their team of pacers were Merrigum’s Greg and Jenny Pell, who cheered home Group One winner The Panthiest in the $30,000 Group Three Angelique Club Pace for mares at the Geelong Cup meeting on Saturday night.

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