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    ALTHOUGH his title defence is the main priority before the season concludes, rising star Kyvalley Clichy also has another major mission pending. Winner of... Blue Riband before title defence

    ALTHOUGH his title defence is the main priority before the season concludes, rising star Kyvalley Clichy also has another major mission pending.

    Winner of last season’s Australian Breeders’ Crown Final, Kyvalley Clichy is on target to defend his throne towards the end of August.

    In the interim, however, trainer Brent Lilley has set his sights on the Victoria Trotters’ Derby with the son of Angus Hall.

    The Blue Riband is set to be run on August 4 as part of Maryborough’s famed Redwood Classic program.

    “He’s working his way towards the Breeders’ Crown again, but the Derby comes first,” Lilley said. “At this stage the Derby will be his next start.

    “He has been racing sparingly during the past couple of months and seems to be doing well with that, so I’m not sure if he will have another start between now and then.

    “I will see how he pulls up from tonight’s win and make a decision from there.”

    “Tonight’s win” is Kyvalley Clichy’s success in a Group One Vicbred Super Series Final at Tabcorp Park Melton.

    Driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford, Kyvalley Clichy was settled into the perfect one-one trail from barrier five as Scruffy Doolan worked to the lead from gate three.

    Angled three-wide around the home turn the colt dashed to a five-and-a-half metre win from Archleo, with Scruffy Doolan five metres away third.

    “It was a pretty even field, but based on his work, I knew he was ready to run a good race,” Lilley said.

    “Chris never covered an inch more ground than he had to and the horse finished it off as you’d expect with a run like that.”

    Rating 1:59.6 over 2240 metres, the three-year-old extended his record to six wins and six placings from 19 starts for earnings of $129,320.

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