Kellie Kelly goes Boom Boom Boom at Dicelands Raceway

By Duane Ranger

Woody Point resident and first-time driver, Kellie Kelly, has won race 113 at Dicelands Raceway – the Group One Lillian ‘Joybell’ Memorial Pace.

Kellie, who finished down the track in the curtain raiser – the Albert Park Farewell Pace in Redcliffe, won the big race with her 3-year-old filly, Boom Boom Boom.

“What a fantastic game! It’s just like the real thing. I actually felt like a driver. You must hug the rails and save ground. It was just as good as Redcliffe Paceway.

Woody Point Group One winning driver, Kellie Kelly, pictured with the Lillian ‘Joybell” Spencer Memorial Trophy. The 50-year-old won behind her 3-year-old filly, Boom Boom Boom.

“I went there a couple of weeks ago for the first time and the racing, hospitality, and the food was absolutely awesome.

“I’ve always loved horses for as long as I can remember. I used to go to the Moonee Valley Trots in Melbourne many moons ago, and I’ve always loved the atmosphere, but just haven’t got around to going,” Kelly said.

“Dicelands and Redcliffe Paceway have fueled my fire for the sport. I’ll be returning to both very soon,” the 50-year-old added.

Kelly, who drew six in the feature pace, was always in the first few throughout the 1,609m standing start event.

Lillian Joyce Spencer, who passed away on April Fool’s Day 2009. ‘Joybell’ loved the trots and is now the subject of a world premier movie dubbed Run The Gauntlet.

Then in the lane she out-sprinted runner-up, Parker and Duane Ranger by three lengths. Joker and Dave Arney, who blew a tyre at the 600m, were third.

Race sponsor, Wendy Spencer, said it was heart-warming to hold a Dicelands meeting in honour of her late mother, Lillian.

“Mum died 13 years ago on April Fool’s Day. Many, including her doctors and nurses never thought she would see April 1, but she had the last laugh.

“Mum loved the trots and I’m so pleased that my long-time friend, Kellie, won the race just two days after her death date. I’m looking forward to the next meeting at a new venue,” Spencer said.

Storm Spencer, who drove the Keanu Spencer trained Jango to win the Albert Park Farewell Pace.

Albert Park in Redcliffe hosted three meetings in 2021 and 2022.

“This is the first time I’ve ever won anything,” exclaimed Kelly. “I never met Lillian, but I’m so pleased I won this race for Wendy’s Mum.”

Kellie Kelly with Albert Park Racing Manager and daughter of Lillian Spencer, Wendy.

The prelude – the Albert Park Farewell, was won by Jango and Storm Spencer for trainer Keanu Spencer. Fenrir and Troy Spencer were second, while Joybell and Wendy Spencer filled the minors.

Footnote: A movie on Lillian Spencer’s life, named ‘Run The Gauntlet’ is currently being entered in film festivals throughout the world.

The unruly Dicelands crowd minus photographer, Duane Ranger, shortly after the Group One Lillian “Joybell” Spencer Pace. Eleven pacers greeted the judge in the 1,609m standing start event.

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