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By Shepparton News

’’I love her,’’ remarked Shepparton trainer Russell Jack after Jaxnme won the Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series final for two-year-old trotting fillies at Melton last Friday night.

And no wonder.

The Jack-prepared daughter of Andover Hall made it four wins from five starts with her Group One classic triumph — worth $50000 to the winner.

The win was more special for Jack as he races and bred the filly in partnership with his wife Debbie, Shepparton’s Brocq Robertson and a stable client Graham Love from Kyneton.

‘‘We bred her from a mare called I Am Who I Am, a Muscle Hill mare we purchased privately as a yearling. She was showing a lot of promise until she broke down,’’ Jack said.

‘‘Her second dam Shezoneoftheboyz (by Brylin Boyz) won a New Zealand Derby, so there’s plenty of breeding there.’’

Jaxnme gave a flawless trotting display under the reinsmanship of Gavin Lang to snare the biggest win of her short career.

Lang worked Jaxnme to the front early and dictated terms from then on.

In a local quinella Jaxnme beat the Patrick Ryan-trained The Best Dream with another district-trained filly Millys Dream clocking home in fourth place for trainer Dennis Paton.

Jack admitted he was surprised by the price — $5.70 on the tote — Jaxnme started at in the final.

‘‘She got the blows in the betting and I think that was because she only just won her heat. But she is inclined to turn off when she is in front and that’s what happened in the heat. Although she can be a bit ratty at times she is pretty reliable in her races,’’ Jack said.

Jack said Jaxnme would now be set for the rich Breeders Crown series next month.

‘‘I’ll give her a week off and then start preparing her for that series.’’

Jaxnme was one of three winners with a district flavour in the trotting section of the Super Series finals night.

Kyvalley breeder Jim Connelly had a big night, claiming two finals.

He won the three-year-old colts and geldings final with Kyvalley Clichy and the four-year-old entires and geldings final with Kyvalley Finn.

Kyvalley Clichy is trained by Brent Lilley, while Bendigo horseman Chris Svanosio prepares Kyvalley Finn.

Moran packs Pistol

Shepparton reinsman David Moran continued his purple patch of recent form to be the other district winner in the Vicbred Super Series finals last weekend at Melton.

Moran savoured his third successive win on the all-conquering Emma Stewart-trained Pistol Abbey who took the four-year-old pacing mares final, pocketing a cool $65000 for connections.

Moran was able to get the sit with Pistol Abbey on the back of the pacesetter, stablemate Nostra Villa, in the run and the mare zoomed home to an easy win along the sprint lane in the home straight.

While the win completed a hat-trick of wins for Moran it was also his fourth win in five drives on the mare, which included the Group One Queen Of The Pacific mares classic on May 18.

Kima bounces back

Kima Frenning is made of the right stuff.

Catapulted out of the sulky in a spectacular spill at Echuca last week, the Nagambie horsewoman bounced back to do what she does well at Melton last Saturday night driving winners.

Frenning partnered Lucky Lombo to win for Avenel trainer David Aiken at the meeting.

Aiken has now produced the seven-year-old Major In Art gelding for two wins from four starts since joining his barn.

Frenning said she was still pretty sore from her Echuca ordeal when she resumed driving at Melton last Saturday night.

‘‘I had some internal bleeding and some bad bruising, but I got the medical all clear to resume driving on Saturday night. I just didn’t want to miss a big meeting like that,’’ she said.

Frenning said her nasty fall was a bit of blur and she wasn’t quite sure what exactly happened. But she said she suspected she came down on her left side because it had been tender since the incident.

Byrneside horseman Damian Wilson who was also involved in the Echuca spill was fit enough to continue driving at that meeting.

Luck of Black Cat

It’s been a big week or two for Shepparton horsewoman Bec Bartley and trainer Steve O’Donoghue.

Bartley produced the four-year-old trotter she trains, Black Cat Claw, for the mare’s first win at Echuca last week.

Then on Tuesday night at Melton Bartley partnered the promising O’Donoghue-prepared Wayonbye for a gutsy win in the $25000 Vicbred Super Series Silver Pace final for four-year-old entires and geldings.

A brilliant get away from a front row draw paved the way for an all-the-way win over the 2130m trip for Black Cat Claw at Echuca.

Bred and raced by Kyabram’s Rob Shellie, Black Cat Claw was having her eighth start for Bartley and her 17th outing which had previously delivered seven minor placings.

The Fling It mare had put the writing on the wall for a coming win at her previous start when she finished second at Maryborough to Bacardi Jess in quick time.

Wayonbye was trapped deep for a long time before pushing forward and getting some cover and kept coming to score a gallant win, the fifth of his 15 starts.

Another district winner at Melton on Tuesday night was the Elmore pacer Exciter who won for trainer Keith Cotchin and reinsman Ryan Duffy.

Danny bobs up

Danny Thackeray doesn’t drive much these days, but he made the most of a chance at Albury on Tuesday night.

He produced a copybook drive on the Sonia Mahar-trained Aveiro to win a three-year-old race in a crowded finish.

Thackeray settled Aveiro in the one-one sit and timed his run to perfection from the 400m mark to secure the win.

By Alta Christiano, it was Aveiro’s first win in eight starts.

It was a satisfying win for Wahring horsewoman Mahar who also bred him.

Lilnova shines

Elmore trainer Matt Higgins combined with leading reinsman Chris Alford to win with pacer Lilnova last week at Bendigo.

Alford was able to hold up from a poleline draw with the Mister Big four-year-old mare and stall off all challengers in the run to the judge.

Alford obviously clicks with the mare as her only other win from 17 starts was achieved when he was in the sulky at Shepparton in August.

A Quick quickie

Trump Bloodstock in conjunction with Ecurie Quick Star, have announced frozen semen for Up And Quick will be available to breeders in the southern hemisphere for the first time in the 2019-20 breeding season.

The Australian agent for Up and Quick is Ken Wills of Niota Bloodstock Girgarre.

Up And Quick is by the champion French stallion Buvetier D’Aunou whose son Ganymede had an exceptional record at stud in Australia.

From just 16 foals, Ganymede had seven starters for a combined total of 91 wins, with an average of $102202 a starter.

Up And Quick is one of the true champions of France, having won at the highest level with four Group One victories and six Group Two victories for more than 2.3 million Euros in prizemoney.

Up And Quick was a champion over all distances, and held world records from 1600m (1:51.64) to 3000m, rating 1:55.

Progeny of Up and Quick have hit the ground running, leaving multiple winners across Europe.

Up And Quick will be registered in NSW, allowing dual state eligibility for his progeny bred interstate. Up and Quick’s service fee is $7700 including GST.

Coming up

Today: Hamilton (d), Kilmore (n).

Tomorrow: Melton (n).

Sunday: Warragul (d).

Monday: Maryborough (d).

Tuesday: Shepparton (n).

Wednesday: Geelong (n).

Thursday: Kilmore (n).