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This weekend will provide lots of picnic racing with with both Woolamai and the Australia Day meeting at Balnarring. Despite Racing Victoria not including the picnic meetings in their radio advertising, with the good weather predictions there should be large crowds at both venues. I would strongly recommend patrons plan for early arrival at both these meetings to secure a good spot for the day and avoid the traffic.

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Report Alexandra 17th January 2009

There was lots of action at Alexandra on the racetrack with a few protests and one withdrawn at the gates when they were slow to open. The last race provided the biggest of the upsets when Burramine Legend was awarded the race for interference by the short priced First Take at $2-25 fav. ridden by Adam Bodey. Unfortunately for Adam not only did he lose the race but he received a two meeting suspension and will miss the big Balnarring Cup meeting on Australia Day. I have included the video clip below of the final event that shows what happened.

Would also like to send out our best wishes to our resident picnic racing photographer Bill Littlewood from Video Air Services who is not well at the moment. We hope you are back behind the camera soon.

The first race started better for Adam Bodey than how he finished in the last as he booted home the ever improving Carlton Game at $7-00. Trained by David Burgess the 5yo gelding made it three wins from its last three starts at the track.

Race two went to the Nancy Butterworth trained Strategic Mover at $3-20 Fav. Ridden by Adam Bodey and drawn well in barrier two the horse got a good position in the running and won well from the 3yo filly Lady Valiant.

Race three was a match race between Gunnagetit and Megaton according to the betting and that is how it turned out in the race. Megaton was taken to the lead in its usual role by Adam Bodey but Gunnagetit camped on its back and swept to the front rounding the home turn and won easily by four lengths. Backed from $2-00 to $1-80 Fav, Megaton opened at $1-60 but got out to $2-10 when the money came for Gunnagetit. Ridden by Kane Harris and trained by Neil Robb this is another horse on the picnic circuit that just keeps improving.

Honest Harry brought up a double for Kane Harris in the fourth race. This horse won very easily by 5 lengths at Merton on New Years Day and the Dean Krongold trained 4yo won with something in hand again at the good odds of $4-40.

Blue Dress looked well in on the weights in the fifth and was duly sent out $2-60 Fav and did not disappoint punters. Ridden by Paul Koumis the Ronald Smith trained 5yo mare returned to the form of last season and went up to Scarface Claw at the turn and despite that horse fighting on doggedly Blue Dress was too strong.

The final event was won on protest by Burramine Legend at the good odds of $8-00. Young Micheal Fitzgerald had to withstand a fairly rough ride in the straight and managed to convince the Stewards the result would have gone the other way if he had a trouble free run. Terriple also protested against the first past the post horse First Take and was a minor victor after the hearing being promoted to second placing.  
Burramine Legend wins on protest .
Video courtesy of Video Air Services, servicing all your picnic video & photography needs.

Full results for Alexandra 17th January 2009. View the days happenings at the Gallery.

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BETTING FLUCTUATIONS ONLINE
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 with Peter Bon visit PicnicBet.com so you can avail yourself of this new capability.

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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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