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Balnarring Report 8th December 2007
Another great days Picnic Racing at Balnarring on Saturday with capacity fields and well contested racing. In the first race Brownies Gold showed natural improvement from its firstup run at Woolamai to win. The second went to Grand Legend who led them up into the straight with the well backed favourite Count the Bites chasing hard from the rear of the field to just fail. The ever consistent Gleneve has come back from a spell better than ever and won the third race at goods odds given her past record.

The fourth was taken by All Pockets who deserved to break through after an unlucky second last start at Healesville. The fifth saw Order of Victory improve from its disappointing first up when favourite to win at big odds of $10 and give Ray Douglas his first win for the season.
The final race was easily won by Liqueur who despite returning first up over 1600m sprinted to the lead at the 400m mark by new picnic jockey Jonathon Carnes to win well. The winners were well shared amongst the jockey ranks with different riders winning all events, not something we would regularly see on the picnic circuit in past years.
Final 200m of Gleneve winning her second race of the season. Video courtesy of Video Air Services, servicing all your picnic video & photography needs.

Full results can be obtained from Picnic Race Results along with the Stewards report.
The Jockey, Trainer and Horse statistics have also been updated to include 8th December.

Next meeting Healesville 15th December 2007

This week returns to Healesville for their Xmas meeting and always attracts a large crowd with many functions held in the Marquees.

Dederang January 5th 2008

If you are planning a break over the holiday period and heading up north take an opportunity to attend the Dederang Picnic race meeting. Dederang Picnic Race Club (DPRC), a hidden gem on the Victorian country thoroughbred circuit, is again gearing up for its once-a-year charity meeting on Saturday, January 5.

Thousands of people are expected to make their annual pilgrimage to the picturesque Kiewa Valley track after club officials were given the all-clear to proceed with the day despite equine influenza (EI) and the drought.

The six-race card is highlighted by the $2100 Milesetone Chemicals Dederang Cup (1650 metres) and the $2000 open sprint (1000m).
Esceegee winning the 2006 Dederang CupEsceegee, this year’s comprehensive cup winner when prepared by Kelvin Bourke, is tipped to attempt back-to-back victories in the time-honoured event after being transferred to powerful Wodonga trainer Brian Cox.

The hugely successful marquee strip – the Flemington birdcage of the bush – will line the home straight (bookings currently being taken), creating its unique atmosphere which brings families and friends back year after year.

Full bookmaker and TAB facilities will be on course, while the historic Madman’s Mile, tug-of-war and dog jump events will make Dederang the place to be on the first Saturday after New Year’s Day.
The fashions on the field categories will also be hotly contested, with the best-dressed 18- to 34-year-old, 35 and over and best couple battling it out for one of North East Victoria’s most prestigious titles.

Final 400m of the 2006 Dederang Cup.

DPRC vice-president Adrian Goonan said the fully-irrigated course proper was in tremendous order and Racing Victoria officials had approved bio-security measures in the wake of EI.
“The committee has been working hard to prepare for the annual event and the track, which had a new 1000m chute in operation for the first time this year, is a picture,” Goonan said.
“Dederang’s charity race day is all about having fun in a family-friendly and relaxed environment, and we were rewarded for that when we were crowned the 2005-06 Picnic Race Club of the Year.
“Despite a few anxious moments with the EI drama, we are now waiting in anticipation for another big meeting.”

Full details of the meeting can be found at the Dederang Picnic Race Club website.
To get an idea of what Dederang partially offers on raceday vistit the gallery.
Admission is $10 an adult, under 16 years free, and BYO alcohol is allowed on course.

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