ROCHESTER-OWNED trotter Moonshine Linda claimed her second Group 1 victory with a win in the $90,000 Vicbred Super Series final for thee-year-old trotting fillies at Melton last Friday night.
Trained and driven by Gavin Lang, Moonshine Linda accounted for the favourite Pretty Majestic and Moonlight Dream in a stirring three-way battle to the finishing line between the three top fancies in the race.
Moonshine Linda, the $2.90 second favourite on the tote, was three wide early and was forced to race without cover midrace before getting cover over the final lap and finishing strongly to claim the $45,000 first prizemoney.
The triumph added to the filly’s other recent Group 1 triumph, the NSW Oaks, when she was being trained by one of her owners and breeder, Rochester’s Neville Pangrazio.
Neville and his wife Louise and Neville’s mother and father Michael and Kaye Pangrazio own and race Moonshine Linda.
They were out in force at Melton to witness the win.
‘‘We were the ones doing all the cheering as they came down the home straight,’’ said Neville, summing up the euphoric win.
‘‘Gavin (Lang) said before the race that if she ran up to her track work she would be very hard to beat and that gave us a bit of confidence. He was right.’’
Moonshine Linda is having this week in the paddock to freshen up before tackling a race at the Redwood carnival and a Breeders Crown campaign next month.
Moonshine Linda’s latest win has taken her record to seven wins and three minor placings and over $133,000 in prizemoney earnings.
■ Rochester trainer Mark Thompson would have been pleased with his filly Weeks End’s performance in the $125,000 Vicbred Super series for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Melton.
Weeks End was a $67 chance on the tote and ran a bold race to finish fourth, picking up $7500 for her troubles.