District crew hot to trot in the new year
ive wins by northern Victorian trained horses at the meeting.
Miranda Maid lowered the track record in winning with her 2.03.3 mile rate, bettering the previous mark for the 2160m trip from mobile of 2.03.5 set by Bring The Action in February 2016.
Merrigum horseman Luke Bryant produced Mickilla Express in the next race — for C1 Only class pacers — to win in a crowded finish in what was the first of a driving treble at the meeting for concession reinsman Darby McGuigan.
Completing the district trifecta of wins was the Shepparton trained Elianna Franco, who looked one of the good things on the program and vindicated that opinion by claiming the C2-4 class race for trainer Laura Crossland and reinsman David Moran.
After scoring on Mickilla Express, McGuigan went on to claim the T1 or better class trot in runaway fashion on the Zac Steenhuis trained Jerichos Trumphet and was also aboard Ima Sassy Girl trained by his father Tim, in the CO Only final, which brought the curtain down on the meeting.