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Report Woolamai 11th January 2009

It was a good day for punters as it rained favourites at Woolamai with 4 winning from the 6 races and the other two races being won by well fancied runners. Sheza Ranga was a final nail in the bookies coffins with it being heavily backed from $2-20 into $1-90 favourite off the back of its two recent wins. Next week we head back to Alexandra for their first meeting of the season and it is expected there will be good race fields on the day.

At Woolamai, race one went to Teppista at $4-20. Ridden by Kane Harris and trained by John Hogan the 6yo gelding basically outstayed them all in the run to the line. Scarface Claw was the $2-80 favourite and never looked like winning and was under hard riding out the back when they made their runs coming to the turn.

The second saw the very smart Bramble Blitz trained by Anthony Bolden and ridden by Adam Bodey win by a big margin at $1-70 favourite. This horse won by 5 lengths at Pakenham on New Years Day and followed it up today in good style and had the race in its keeping a long way out.

Race 3 went to Just Jordie who had run a good second last week to the smart Mousal. With a change to the leading jockey to assist further this was favourite number two getting home for Adam Bodey to provide trainer Robert Carmichael with a well earned win.

The fourth race was another for favourite backers and Adam Bodey who rode his third winner in a row at $1-80. Trained by Stephen Theodore this lightly raced 3yo filly had only three prior starts under the care of the Freedman stable before changing trainers and coming to the picnics. It looked above these on past performance and proved the case winning easily.

Ray Douglas won the fifth race on Toomah Boy at $4-00 and basically led all the way to win from Burlington Academy. Trained by Dianne Clover this was a welcome win as the horse had not been first past the post for four years.

The final event went to Sheza Ranga who once again led all the way for Leigh Taylor. With no other pace runners in the event the Allison Sheehan trained mare dictated the pace yet again and they could not pick her up in the final run home.  

Full results for Woolamai 11th January 2009. View the days happenings at the Gallery.

Report Healesville 10th January 2009
I guess there is nothing like bad publicity if the recent crowds in attendance at the picnic races are anything to go by. Since the Racing Victoria review hit the press places such as Dederang, Merton and today at Healesville they have all had record crowds. I expect this is a bit of a voice from the public saying they support and want to continue to see picnic racing thrive. The pictures below show clearly that the public love Picnic Racing and are voting with their feet !!

The Healesville Cup meeting attracted good fields and we saw some very competitive racing. Race 1 went to the fast finishing Chuckawheely ridden by Shane McGovern and trained by Jason Ashby who also trains the successful Blackbook. A big drifter in the market from $5-00 to $15-00 the horse looked hopeless just before the turn but stormed home down the outside to defeat the $2-80 favourite Waldo Flyer.

Race 2 was a tricky affair on paper as we saw a small field contest the longer distance of 2350m. As expected Bottle took up the pace and the eventual winner Multijet at $4-20 settled nicely in second place. Ridden a treat by the ever improving Leigh Taylor the Michael Quadara trained galloper finished off the race well from the consitent Jack's Palace who ground away into second place at $2-80 favourite.

Xaarsky repeated its effort of last season where it won second up from a spell. Jumped straight to the front by Leigh Taylor the Reg Manning trained 6yo mare had the race in its keeping a long way out at the good price of $6-00. The well backed favourite Uncle Ed ridden by Adam Bodey never gave a yelp and finished well back.

The ever consistent Gunnagetit won yet again to make it 4 wins from its last 5 starts, with the losing run being to the very smart Megaton. Kane Harris settled the 6yo gelding nicely behind the pace and let it go just before the turn to give them something to chase but none of them were up to it today. Neil Robb is having a cracker of a season with this horse and Jack's Palace winning seven races between them.

The Healesville Cup went to another consistent galloper in Purge at $4-00 favourite. On paper it looked like Cousins Triumph and Leica Reason would cut each other up in front and set this race up for whoever followed and that is exactly what happened. Those two horses went out hard and Purge secured the perfect trail behind them both to sweep to the front on rounding the turn and win well. The horse changed trainer to Rodney Hammond this season and apart from a disappointing run on a heavy track at Healesville when favourite this horse has been placed in all six picnic starts and won three this season. Purge also won the Pakenham Cup on New Years Day and don't be surprised to see it line up in the Balnarring Cup.

Purge wins the Healesville Cup.
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Purge wins the Pakenham Cup.

Kenbest looked to have the final event in its keeping halfway up the straight but the ever reliable Adam Bodey who had unusually not ridden a winner all day stormed down the outside on Dis Reply to get up at the good odds of $4-60. This horse switched to Anthony Bolden this season and was a lot fitter for its two recent runs from a spell and clearly had a bit more ability than these today.

Full results for Healesville 10th January 2009. View the days happenings at the Gallery.

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