Hillier duo shine at Launceston

09 September 2018 08:07:37 EST

Rohan Hillier has kicked the season off in fine style after both Svennson and Smilin Geoff picked up wins at Launceston on the opening night.

To cap an amazing night, not only did Hillier prepare a winning double he also steered home a winning treble from his seven drives.

"No Apachemee is racing in good form and when he drew four on the front line over a mile I thought he would be hard to beat," said Hillier.

"We got a nice trail and when I let him go he dashed clear to win by eight or nine metres and recorded a smart mile rate of 1:57.3 including a last-half in 56.7seconds."

With Rohan Hadley in the sulky Svensson did all the work chasing the tearaway leader Jake's A Joy in race five over the 1680-metre trip but still proved too strong in the home straight.

"I can't take any credit for the win of Svennson apart from the fact I drove the float steadily to the track," Hillier joked.

"Brent (Parish) forgot to renew his trainer's license so he asked me to train her for four days, obviously I did a great job but that was her last run as Brent's retiring her, she's well bred and has always worked well so I wouldn't be surprised if she threw a smart one."

Hillier was back in the cart behind the Troy Hillier-trained gelding Illegal Immigrant in the David Mace Retirement Stakes.

"Troy has done a tremendous job with Illegal Immigrant, he has raced through his classes and looks up to the big boys going forward, I know Troy is looking for an MO in Victoria in the next month," he added.

"Troy usually drives Illegal Immigrant but he hurt his back during the week, I may have to give him another little tap next time he starts."

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