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Report for Healesville Derby Day 1st November 2008
The Healesville Derby Day meeting has gone from strength to strength and with perfect weather a large crowd turned out to relax in the beautiful surrounds of the Healesville picnic racecourse. Although some of the race fields fell away to only three starters there were some close finishes across the line.

Race one went to the Neil Robb trained Jack's Palace at $3.60 ridden by Shane McGovern who led them most of the way to hold off the fast finishing Super Shag. The favourite Acquolino tried to make a race of it at the 400m but weakened to finish 3rd.

There was nothing between Hussonetta and Angel's Kiss during the course of the betting until late money for Angel's Kiss saw it firm into the $2.20 favourite and Hussonetta get out to $3.20 after opening as favourite. They went to the line together with Hussonetta getting the nod by a neck to give jockey Simon Stoll and trainer Peter Cook an early winner.

The third was a small field of three and the short priced favourite Shomari at $1.60 ridden by Adam Bodey and trained by Nancy Butterworth always had them covered in the running to win convincingly. Adam Bodey who won the jockeys premiership last season once again getting off to an early start.

Race four with a small field of three runners saw the ever consistent Leica Reason take up his favourite role in front and lead them a merry dance to win at $2.30. The favourite Divine Providence had every chance to run down the winner but was not up to the task today. Ridden by Sarah Sutherland and trained by Robert Lont this horse has now won 7 picnic races.

Shane McGovern landed a double winning the fifth on Blackbook at $5.00 who was trained by Jason Ashby. Benzmark was a heavily backed favourite in the race but disappointed with the consistent Lay Back Lad running into second.

The last event went to Super Shag at $2.60 who despite running second in the first event of the day fronted up in the last to duly salute. Shiralee Waddell had three seconds on the day coming into the race and outrode them to steal the show on the Gordon Strang trained galloper.


Final 200m of Blackbook winning the fifth race.
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Full results for Healesville 1st November 2008.

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This season the betting fluctuations of races during the course of betting will be published to the Approx. Betting Odds section of the website. For patrons that cannot get to the races or betting ring and want an indication of the odds on offer before betting this is a great innovation.

You can then bet via the Racing Victoria Telephone Betting system. To open a Telephone Betting account in preparation for the new season with Peter Bon visit PicnicBet.com so you can avail yourself of this new capability.

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You can also access the odds from your mobile phone browser via the address m.picnicbet.com

Whether offcourse or oncourse, from the betting ring to the marquees to the stables you can readily get the markets and conveniently place a bet at either Peter Bon's Top Fluctuation or the current odds on offer.

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