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Past News Woolamai 24th & Balnarring 26th January 2009
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Note: The Yea meeting 31st January was cancelled.

Report Woolamai 24th & Balnarring 26th January 2009
With perfect weather for both Woolamai and Balnarring there were huge crowds in attendance at both venues. Despite all the gloom and doom about the economy people do place a priority on having a good time and picnic racing continues to prove its popularity with the general public. At Woolamai the highlight of the day was Kane Harris riding a treble to help him close the gap in the jockeys premiership between himself and Adam Bodey.

At Balnarring we saw a repeat performance of a couple of years ago when Kelvin Bourke trained Esceegee to win both the Dederang Cup and the Balnarring Cup. This time it was Roy's Legacy who won the Dederang Cup and made it a double today lugging the huge weight of 74kg to win the Balnarring Cup at $1-90 favourite. Interestingly Esceegee went on the following year to run second in both Cups, with the weight penalties for the two Cups catching up with the horse. Will Roy's Legacy follow the same path and we will see him next year ?

For the people that believe picnic racing is not of value to the racing industry perhaps a survey amongst the many racegoers seen below at Balnarring on Australia Day could help in their education.

Next week we return to Yea, probably the most patron friendly venue with respect to viewing of the races along with plenty of space to setup for a picnic. Hope to see you there.

Good luck on the punt,

Peter Bon

Champion Chestnut wins at $3-40 Fav.
Video courtesy of Video Air Services, servicing all your picnic video & photography needs.

Roy's Legacy lugs 74kg to win Balnarring Cup.
Video courtesy of Video Air Services, servicing all your picnic video & photography needs.

Full results for Woolamai 24th January 2009. View the days happenings at the Gallery.
Full results for Balnarring 26th January 2009. View the days happenings at the Gallery.

Alexandra Race Club are proud to advise that at the race meeting on Sunday 15th February 2009
they will host a special Tribute to the Light Horse.

  • It is 90 Years since the homecoming of Light Horse troopers after service in the Middle East and Europe during WW1.
  • Alexandra and District provided a significant number of Light Horsemen.
  • Lt. Col. Maygar VC lead the 4th LH at the Battle of Beersheba in 1918 where he was killed in action.
  • Lt. Col. Scott lead the 9th LH on his mount Inniskillan in the Battle of Beersheba
  • Inniskillan was a grandson of Carbine one of the greatest foundation stallions of the Australian Racing Industry.
  • The connection between the Light Horse and local picnic racing is strong.
  • We will honour those who served then and since.

4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse Military Band
Creswick Light Horse Troop
Alexandra Horsemens’ Association.
Memorabilia from local RSL Clubs
Strong 6 race program
Gates open at Noon.
Last race at 5 PM
Refreshments available
For more information please contact
David Gamble (03) 577 3305
Robyn Walsh, Secretary (03) 5773 4304
or visit the website: www.alexandraraceclub.com.au

Full Picnic Race Dates for 2008 -2009 Season
Full Race Program for 2008-2009 Season

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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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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