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Kyabram stars are hot to trot

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February 10, 2017

Latest winners off the Kyabram training complex are Fleeting Grin and Phirey Philtra who both saluted at the Maryborough meeting on Thursday.

It all keeps happening for Kyabram harness racing trainers and triallers.

Latest winners off the Kyabram training complex are Fleeting Grin and Phirey Philtra who both saluted at the Maryborough meeting on Thursday.

Then on Friday night at Albury the Gary Pekin trained Indi Bapu lived up to his Kyabram trial form by upstaging his more fancied rivals in a C5-9 class race.

But the run of the week from a Kyabram trained pacer was turned in by the Mark Watson trained Brallos Pass who was a fast finishing second to the New Zealand super pacer Lazarus in the Group 1 $100,000 Bonanza at Melton on Victoria Cup night last Saturday night.

At Maryborough both Fleeting Grin and Phirey Philtra were in the legs of the quaddie so some punters who follow Kyabram trained horses and have enjoy a punt may have had some nice returns if they had stuck loyal to the locals.

The Mark Watson trained Fleeting Grin actually completed a hat-trick – albeit six months apart – with his dominating win in a C1 Only class race.

The five-year-old Grinfromeartoear gelding had won successive races at Melton and Cranbourne for Watson late last August before going for a spell.

Fleeting Grin, who was driven by Ellen Torney, was a $4.40 chance on the tote and had hardly settled back in his stall after his win when the Mick Blackmore trained Phirey Philtra pulled off an upset win in C1 Only Pace Final.

Almost a 25/1 shot on the tote, Phirey Philtra, driven by John Caldow, was eased at barrier rise from his wide front row draw before settling at the tail of the field.

But Caldow was able to thread the four-year-old onto the pegs three back in the running before weaving the four-year-old mare through a pack of horses in the home stretch to hit the front near the finishing line.

Owned and bred by Mt Scobie breeders Phil and Tracey Wade, Phirey Philtra was coming off a second in her heat of the series at Bendigo on January 22 so her generous odds were a bit surprising.

At the Albury meeting the Stanhope trained Indi Bapu settled three back on the pegs but got clear at the business end to nab Smokenola on the finishing line with Ideal Majority filling the minor placing.

The nine-year-old was having his first start for Pekin and was a $24 chance on the tote. But he had been trialling the house down at Kyabram in preparation for his debut for Pekin.

Pekin said he had trialled Indi Bapu at Kyabram because its track dimensions were similar to Albury and after three good trials he was confident of performing well at Albury.

Now a nine-year-old Indi Bapu was having his 94th race start which have produced 17 wins and 22 minor placings for $99,578 in prizemoney earnings.

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