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Please Note:
The proposed final meeting of the season at Pakenham on Saturday, April 12th has been abandoned due to the fact that Yarra Glen will be having their meeting transferred to Pakenham on April 19th and track usage is an issue. The final meeting for the Picnic Racing 2007-2008 season will be held at Alexandra on Saturday, March 29th 2008.

Report for Healesville 1st March 2008
The weather was perfect and a good crowd turned out for the Healesville meeting on Saturday where Warrigal Tom showed them yet again how to win a race.

The first event was an open betting affair but resulted in the first and second favourites battling it out Go to picture gallerywith the top two leading jockeys on board. Kane Harris got the upper hand ensuring his mount Always Matilda at $4-00 did not go around a horse and came through on the rails to win in a tight finish from Barravore Lady with Manazab running home strongly for third.

The favourite Lucky Petric looked a good thing on paper and despite the wide barrier went equal to the lead early and won with something in hand at $1.70 from Coolibah Kid and Wintaker. Two races down and Kane Harris had ridden an early double.
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Race three was difficult to sort out on form with Frilling winning at $6-00. Ben Wade led from barrier one, controlled the race and kicked in the straight to win comfortably from Jan Bleu.

Race four was Heat 5 of the Picnic Racing Middle Distance Series event and bookmakers decided Go to picture galleryWarrigal Tom was a risk in this race and offered the big odds of $4.40 despite having won eight from ten picnic starts this season. With John Fitzgerald on board and claiming 2kgs he once again proved too strong in the finish to beat Dis Reply and Bridges of Babylon for third. That was win ten for John who has now outridden his weight claim.

Race five was won by Cassa's Lottery at $3.70 who came from midfield under hard riding by Adam Bodey to win from Toro.

The final event was a photo finish between Ronrenza at $8-00 and the $2-30 favourite Seamstress with Ronrenza getting the nod on the outside and giving Ben Wade a double for the day.

Visit the Picture Gallery for an update on the days events. Results and Stewards reports are also available.
Ronrenza gets up in a photo from Seamstress. Video courtesy of Video Air Services, servicing all your picnic video photography needs.

There have also been some additional photos added to the Buchan meeting, compliments of Craig Allardice.

Next Meetings

Alexandra & Omeo Saturday 8th and Balnarring & Tambo Valley Monday 10th March 2008
Join us for our most formal meeting of the season and celebrate the Alexandra Cup.  Stonelea Country .Estate proprietor George Watkins and family provide, wonderful, world class accommodation and wonderful support for the Alexandra Race Club.
•   Beautiful country/ blues music by Judy Duryen.
•   Beautiful Frocks and Beautiful people.
•   Local, Melbourne and Interstate betting with the bookies or on the TOTE

  • And we haven’t forgotten the children…….

Picco the Clown, Shirley’s Plaster Painting and Berry St will entertain the children through the day.

  • Terrip Terrip Winery offers a great selection of their local wines
  • Alexandra Lion’s Club is operating the bar and BBQ.
  • Viv’s afternoon teas are a country delight.
  • The Great Australian Icecreamery is cool.
  • Gates open at Noon $10, $5 Conc, Cnn 15 and under free.

Visit the Alexandra web site and the picture gallery to get an idea of what is on offer at this picturesque country location.

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