The fourth went to Ming the Merciless who was very well ridden by Courtney Pace and put an end to the Kane Harris winning streak. The favourite Barravore Lady hit the front early in the straight after an unlucky run but the winner had an easy run throughout the race and outstayed the mare to the line.
Race five the Merton Cup was a popular win to Edenvale Lad ridden a treat out in front by Geoff Brunsdon to easily account for the short priced favourite Tate Modern.
The final event was a tight finish with Our Sorsaledo Bay getting up in a photo from Pick Pocketer to provide a fourth winner for Kane Harris.
Full results for Merton 1st January 2008 .
The Picture Gallery has been added to for Merton.
The other Picnic Meeting on New Years Day was at Pakenham, full results are also now available.
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, 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.