16 January 2012 - Melton’s Merv Williamson reaffirmed why he’s regarded as one of Victoria’s premier trotting trainers when My Mon Star scored an upset win in Saturday night’s Maori Mile at Lord’s Raceway. In just his third run for Williamson, My Mon Star won its first race in more than a year when he flashed home late to defeat odds-on favourite Miss Warbucks by more than a metre, with Bendigo mare Sassy Pinevale running a good race to finish third. My Mon Star was one of New Zealand’s best trotters in 2010, but lost its way in 2011. The owners gave the horse to Williamson in a last ditch bid to regain some form. He ran third at Globe Derby in his first start for Williamson, before running a luckless 10th at Melton on New Year’s Eve. “When he arrived he had plenty of problems,’’ Williamson said. “We’ve worked on him and each week he’s got better. “We had to take him to Adelaide for his first run because he kept getting balloted out of races here. “He ran OK there, then at Melton he never got a crack at them and went over the line hard held. “The horse has got his confidence back and we’re starting to get the rewards.” My Mon Star wouldn’t have won had it not been for a masterly drive from Gavin Lang. My Mon Star settled back in the field on the pegs before gaining a split at the top of the straight and storming home to run down Miss Warbucks.