ON Kennerson Park’s final turn during the Duke’s Ladbrokes Preview Maiden (450 metres) punters were expecting a duel between Broken Trust and Angel Art.
Turns out they should have been looking wider.
Kilcher ($9.30) defied her odds to sweep around the field from box eight, avoid a mid-race skirmish, and score the upset win over Broken Trust ($3.60 favourite) and Angel Art ($5.30).
Daughter of winning trainer Lynn Maney, Lisa, believed Kilcher’s kennel mate Mr. Firrito had a much better shot of making an impact.
“Being in box eight I wrote [Kilcher] off straight away,” she laughed.
“She just got lucky and got through the pack. It’s still all about learning for them at this age.”
It was Exotic Nights and Zipping Simon who got away the strongest from boxes four and seven respectively, while Kilcher jumped mid-field.
Broken Trust loomed up behind the pair going across the back of the track and Kilcher also joined in on the action.
Angel Art was caught in no man’s land almost three lengths behind the leading group but with the same distance back to the stragglers.
Disaster struck the front runners when Exotic Nights drifted wide on the turn and took herself and Zipping Simon out of the winning equation.
Angel Art burst onto the scene to challenge Broken Trust with a rails run, but Kilcher gobbled the pair up to win in a time of 26.91 seconds.
Maney went two from two to start the Bathurst meeting after Be Harvey won the opener.