A shining Knight helps Logie find her harness racing calling

Trainer Alannah Logie might be just 27-years of age, but the Kilmore trainer has a family history engrained within harness racing.

Trainer Alannah Logie (centre)
Trainer Alannah Logie (centre) Picture: HRV

"My grandma is Hazel Logie (née Knight). She had Jodie's Babe which they were breeding from and I met Jodie when I was little. They have been breeding my whole life," Logie said.

"Vin Knight was my grandma's brother's son. My grandma's nephew.

"There's a lot of history at our property with nanna and her family, and a lot of good trainers have trained out of these stables.

"We have let them go a little bit, but back in the day they were full of rich harness history in Kilmore."

Logie's partner Corey Bell has come down from Bendigo to help the young horsewoman, and will drive both Lady Lani and Daylight At Dawn at Melton Entertainment Park on Saturday night.

"It's been heaps better since my partner Corey Bell came down here and he loves horses. He is obsessed with Daylight At Dawn and that's his favourite horse," she said.

Logie's two runners will go around in the Hygain Pace and the IRT Pace, which are the second and eighth races on the card respectively.

"Lady Lani is my favourite, our other runner on the night," she said.

"Lani is a pretty good chance, she has been in pretty good form this week. Her prior poor form from a while back is my fault because I started driving her and I made a few rookie mistakes on her.

"Daylight (At Dawn) has been racing some really tough competition in the free-for-alls, it's just a bit hard from that draw (six). But he always puts in and I'm sure he will try his absolute hardest to get somewhere.

"He has been a great horse to have in the stables. Obviously, he is the best horse we have got by far."

Logie won't give driver Corey Bell much advice heading into the race.

"He's probably the best person I have met when it comes to form, and I haven't found anyone who can read a race better than Corey so he will know what to do," she said.

"I'm a bit harsh on him with Lady Lani only because she's my baby. I sometimes set unrealistic expectations on her.

"She was racing the likes of Captain Confetti and Magic Mike, all the metro horses. She had an injury at the track and we thought we were going to lose her, so it's been a big ride to get her even back to the races. She's a really special horse.

"I've learned to be quiet and let Corey take the reins. Especially after driving myself, I realised how hard it actually is to make a split-second decision."

Saturday night's nine-race card kicks off from 6.29pm, with the $20,000 Bendstud Standardbreds Youthful Stakes for the two-year-old fillies, the $24,000 Logical Staffing Solutions Mr Feelgood Free For All, $30,000 Alabar Victoria Sires Classic and $20,000 Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship Final among the highlights.