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Woolamai Report 30th December 2008
The punters had the better of bookmakers at Woolamai with 5 favourites and 1 second favourite winning the six races. The first race saw Blue Dress make up for its disappointing run at the previous Woolamai meeting where it did not seem to appreciate the heavy track by winning easily after being backed from $3-00 into $2-60.

The second saw Warrigal Tom continue on his merry winning way making it 5 wins from 6 starts since coming to the picnic race circuit.

Divine Providence having its first picnic start was too good in the third race with Adam Bodey riding what was the first of a winning treble.

The fourth saw the track specialist Leica Reason win its fifth race from sixth start at the track. Bookmakers bet silly odds about this horse before it was solidly backed into its rightful price of $2.80 favourite and bookmakers paid the price for their Xmas generosity.


 
Final 200m of Warrigal Tom winning his fifth race of the season. Video courtesy of Video Air Services, servicing all your picnic video & photography needs.

The fifth went to Cutiebertha, patiently ridden by Adam Bodey to complete a winning double. This horse, having its third run in from a spell was at peak fitness and stalked the short priced favourite Court's Order to run it down in the final stages of the straight.

The final race of the day saw another track specialist Seto Sapphire win its fifth race at the track in convincing fashion after being heavily backed into a short priced $1.50 favourite. It also brought up the treble for Adam Bodey and helped fill favourite backers Xmas stockings.

Full results for Woolamai 30th December 2007.

Merton January 1st 2008
Merton race club missed its meeting last year due to the drought and promises to return this year bigger and better than ever. This "blink and you will miss it town" on the way to Eildon comes to life for their annual Picnic Racing event and always stages a great event.
Three Start and Ten Start Formguides are now available. Peter Bon will be fielding at Merton on New Years Day and Peter Bon's Picnic Race Guide will be available at his betting stand.

Pakenham January 1st 2008
130 years of tradition, where families and friends have been enjoying the laid back atmosphere of picnic racing at a professional venue.

Camp Australia activities for the children.

Bring your own picnic lunches, drinks, chairs, rugs, umbrellas and tents. Find a place on the spacious lawn and enjoy picnic racing in your own comfort.

Food and bar facilities on course.

Melbourne, Mornington and interstate coverage of all races. Bookies and tote cater for all your betting requirements.

Day is sponsored by Cremin Frank Facey First National, Worlds Best Hoof Oil, Country Racing Victoria, Barbara Scott, The Pakenham Picnic Racing Club, G. & K. O'Connor, The Cardinia Shire Council and Pakenham Produce.

All proceeds from the day are donated to St. Patrick's School, Pakenham

The days highlights picnic racing wise are The David Bourke Trophy Race over 1300 metres. Main chances being Cape Cod Kid, which ran a good second at Sale last time out. Form is very strong, last picnic run was beaten in a head bobber by Gleneve at Healesville and Gleneve has since franked the form. Brownies Gold is racing well in weaker picnic restricted races, but looks to be on the improve. Intracool will strip fitter for one recent professional run, whilst Vintage Dancer has had two recent professional runs and must be considered a chance.

The G. & K. O'Connor Pakenham Picnic Cup over 1750 metres is a time honoured event with a proud history. This year the race looks like the topweights appear to be the ones to fight out the finish. Distraction, which won The David Bourke Trophy Race first up at this meeting last year, looks the tesing material in the Cup, with recent solid form on the picnic circuit. Last year, he was well in at the weights and was duly well supported to take out the race, this year the grey has his right wack so to speak, but with Razor Ray Douglas aboard, he looks the one to beat. Nashor, a winner of Pakenham Picnic Cup two years ago, has had two recent runs and will strip much fitter here for this. He likes to lead, or be on the lead and this track should suit him admirably. Please note Nashor is also an acceptor at Woolamai on Sunday, December 30. Chatter Brooke, a winner at Healesville two starts back has claims and Warrigal Tom, a winner of four of his five picnic runs this year, albeit in weaker races, should also give them something to think about.

Have an enjoyable day at the Pakenham Picnic Races and good luck.

Bill Quin selects
R1    3, 1, 9
R2    5, 3, 2
R3    1, 6, 7
R4    4, 5, 2
R5    1, 2, 4
R6    1, 4, 3

Three Start and Ten Start Formguides are now available. Peter Bon is fielding at Merton on New Years Day so there is no Peter Bon's Picnic Race Guide available for Pakenham.

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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