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Healesville 15th December 2007
A good crowd was in attendance however the weather was not great with drizzly rain on and off throughout the day. The punters had the measure of the bookmakers with horses well in the market winning all races. Racecaller Bill Quinn helped punters on their way by selecting 4 of the 6 winners which were available in Peter Bon's Picnic Race Guide.

The first race went to Fenaughty Lad who got out to good odds from its opening quote. Two starts ago the horse was unlucky when its saddle slipped and then ran over an unsuitable 1200m at its next start before getting everything to its liking and scoring a good win and giving Kara Anderson her second race win.

The second saw Court's Order jump quickly, go to the front and completely outclass the opposition. In the third, Brownie's Gold went on with the job after winning last week at Balnarring and just got up to beat the consistent Tears in the Rain who was the omen bet for the day. A lightly raced horse that appears to have more wins in store given they way it got to the line.

Hula Native lived up to its strong form line of last week where is was just beaten by the top mare Gleneve in a fast time. With no Gleneve in the race today Sean Cerchi who was returning to picnic races took the 8yo gelding to the front for an easy win and another well backed horse got the prize.

Race five saw the ever consistent Warrigal Tom return to the winners list after an unlucky race last start to win its 3rd race from 4 picnic starts at the good odds of $5-00.

The final race of the day went to Chatter Brooke who despite being hard ridden at the rear of the field kept grinding away under the aggressive riding of Adam Bodey to just get up on the line and defeat the heavily backed favourite Tordacity.

Unfortunately there is no race video highlight this week as there were some problems with the race video.

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 15th December.

Next meeting Woolamai 22nd December 2007

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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