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    David’s Cup double delight David’s Cup double delight

    DAVID MORAN

    A COUPLE of ‘pick up’ drives proved to be a great gain for reinsman David Moran in Cobram yesterday. Having his first steer behind... David’s Cup double delight

    A COUPLE of ‘pick up’ drives proved to be a great gain for reinsman David Moran in Cobram yesterday.

    Having his first steer behind Invitation Only and Kyvalley Hotspot, Moran captured the club’s Pacing and Trotters’ Cups.

    Kyvalley Hotspot kick-started the Cup dominance by working to the lead from his 10-metre handicap before completing a 20-metre victory from his stablemate, Aldebaran Keepa.

    Blue Coman was 10 metres away third.

    Prepared by Brent Lilley, Kyvalley Hotspot rated 2:04.7 over 2678 metres to register consecutive Cup triumphs, having secured the Yarra Valley Trotters’ Cup last November.

    “The aim was to stay in front of our main rivals as quickly as possible and hopefully work our way to the top,” Moran said. “Once he found the lead he did it quite comfortably and hit the line with plenty left in the tank.”

    Moran then combined with trainer Isabel Walsh to cause an upset in the Pacing Cup.

    Paying $23 on the Tote, Invitation Only scored by a neck from Earl Of Pembroke, with Hiranya four metres away third.

    Breaking his Australian maiden at his seventh outing, Invitation Only rated 1:57.5 for the 2678-metre trip.

    “He had a tendency to get on one rein around the last bend when they quickened up which cost him half a length,” Moran said. “That was his first start for Isabel and it’s fair to say she will win a few more with him along the way.”

    Earlier on the card Moran and Walsh were triumphant with well-bred stallion, Repelling.

    Outstaying his rivals after racing in the ‘death seat’, Repelling accounted for Pappa Leo and Terror Of Locksley in 1:57 over 1670 metres.

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