Last Thursday’s Kilmore trots meeting was transferred to Tabcorp Park Melton following heavy rain in the area. And the biggest winner on the night were the many members of the Cranbourne Club 21 Ltd Syndicate after their Andover Hall-Starcus filly Naked Ambition greeted the judge in the CUB 3Y0 Trotters Mobile over 2240 metres.
Trained by ex-New Zealander Dylan Stratford on track at Cranbourne, Naked Ambition started outside the front line and wasn’t pushed out as the mobile sent the field on their journey. After making the first turn very wide to avoid some gallopers, Naked Ambition was eased to settle four back along the markers as pole-marker Van Sank led for Chris Alford.
Moving to be three back when Sky Eagle ahead of her shifted away from marker line with a circuit to travel to occupy the moving line one/one, driver Scott Ewen remained on the inside until straightening when he angled around the weakening Venkman which had been trailing the leader.
Switching down to the sprint lane shortly after, Naked Ambition ran home stylishly to record an untouched 2.2-metre margin over the pacemaker in what was the “drive of the night”, with Sky Eagle (three wide home turn) third 2.5 metres away.
The mile rate on the rain effected track 2-01.7.
Later in the evening, Lunchwitharthur, owned by Cranbourne HRC committee member Georgina Coram, grabbed a last stride victory in the J&A Mazzetti Trotters Handicap.
Trained and driven by Cameron Maggs, the brilliant but headstrong trotter has now won back to back races in recent weeks since returning from a spell and looks a far more settled conveyance this time in.
By Len Baker