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Buchan & Healesville meetings abandonded this weekend due to rain.

Weekly Picnic Racing report by racecaller Victoria Shaw.

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Balnarring Cup Day on Australia Day

Once again the Committee of Balnarring Racing Club put together a hugely successful Balnarring Cup on Australia Day. The weather gods looked after them yet again unlike Healesville and with a perfect day for racing we saw the female jockeys ride the majority of the winners.

Caitlin Jones took up where she left off last week at Woolamai by riding a double on the Balnarring Cup winner Bee Four and The Champion in the final race of the day.

Debbie Waymouth also rode a double on Go Go Fabio and Forbidden, in both instances nudging out the leading jockey Adam Bodey in tight finishes.

Results and Stewards report for Balnarring.
See the days action in the Picture Gallery.

Caitlin Jones takes out the Balnarring Cup on
Bee Four.
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Yea Says Goodbye to Jack

The Yea Cup was conducted on a perfect day for picnic racing and at the same time said
goodbye to racecaller Jack Styring. Following is tribute to Jack from club president Denis Smith:

Racing is known for its ability to create legends - Phar Lap, Tommy Smith, Bart Cummings and lots
of others, but today the Yea Racing Club says farewell to another legend, Jack Styring is hanging up
his binoculars this afternoon after many years of being the resident race caller at Yea.
The Club's records don't enable us to know exactly how many years he has been our race caller, as
for some years he was invited on a meeting by meeting basis. But we do know that he has ticked
off the last twelve seasons in a row.
Jack is well known for his support of country racing especially at the smaller country professional
Clubs like Gunbower and Avoca where has has called no less than 60 and 55 of their annual Cup
meetings respectively.
Jack is of course known for his colourful phrasing - 'like a codfish calling to its young' ... 'baring its
molars to the breeze' ... and 'coming home at a hundred miles an hour' are several that will stick in
race goers minds for years to come.
Jack began his calling career over sixty years ago and in his career has been associated with
greyhounds, harness and horse racing and the years have not dimmed his memory.
He has an immense knowledge of the great horses of the past, their breeding and the races they
won and a wealth of stories about them, and their connections.
The Yea Racing Club will be making a presentation to Jack after our Cup today.
The Committee takes this opportunity to thank Jack for his contribution, his reliability and the fact
that he is by any measure an all round good bloke!
Jack's role in future will be taken over by his 'apprentice' Ben Sporle.
Ben who is in his teenage years has been calling a race or two at Yea with Jack for the last two
Our Committee thinks that he is an emerging talent and we are delighted that he has accepted
our invitation to step into Jack's shoes.

Denis Smith
Yea Racing Club

The Day at Yea
by John Kennedy

They came in their droves to the Yea picnic meeting last Saturday.
Members of the public and owners, trainers and riders turned out in force.
Their objective was to give Jack Styring a send off at his last race meeting call.
And the media came in force as well.
I counted fifteen media outlets that were present on course and the whole picnic racing
community has received excellent media exposure.
And Jack being the old trouper that he is handled the public’s response with great aplomb.
He did countless interviews, shook an untold number of hands and signed many autographs.
And racing officialdom was also there in force.
Bernard Saundry Chief Operating Officer of Racing Victoria attended to present a
Distinguished Services Award to Jack for his contribution to racing.
VRC Chairman Rod Fitzroy also conferred Life Membership of the VRC on Jack and the Yea
Club made their own presentation to Jack and Dolores Styring.
After all that it was still a great day's racing.
The Club sold out of race books, the patrons virtually drank the bar dry and the on-course
TAB had a great hold.
The fields were excellent for a meeting that had both Balnarring and Woolamai racing in the
previous seven days.
Adam Bodey landed the first the1200 metre maiden for Cranbourne trainer Julie Crosbie on
$3.50 favourite Auntie Rose who came with respectable form from the professionals.
Bodey had none of the home team running so he had six rides for the day for outside stables
but they didn’t deliver much excitement.

Veteran rider Geoff Brunsdon had a fall in the first and was taken to the local Yea Hospital for observation but the report is that he is AOK but bruised.
The second was the beginning of a treble for Leigh Taylor in landing Attaboy at an enticing $17
price for Seymour owner-trainer Andrew Duff.
Then Ben Wade got Prospect Huss at $21 home for the Wells family and Mornington trainer
Melissa Wells.
The well bred gelding by Hussonet originally cost $45,000 and took until his thirteenth start to
land his maiden.
The next the CRV/VBA middle distance handicap race went to Uncle Ed the $2.10 favourite for Traralgon trainer Robert Lont and Traralgon based jockey Matthew Corbisiero.
Matthew who is only in his second season riding is also building a good strike rate.
Robert Lont told me that the horse who was last year’s ‘Sapphire Coast Horse of the Year’ has
taken time to find a track which suits and he likes them as hard as they come.
Robert who has been a big picnic supporter in recent years is developing a new training
complex on twenty hectares in the Traralgon district and is hoping to move his team up a notch
or two into the professional ranks.

The next was the pretty competitive Yea Cup over 2100 metres and Leigh Taylor reigned again winning on Sugar Daad a $6 hope for his partner Peta Tait.
Peta usually rides the horse herself and he had been close up in recent picnic runs and simply outstayed the rest in a good finish.

The last was another Leigh Taylor benefit, giving him a treble for the meeting, when he won on Vixenite for trainer Ernie Ewert Jnr.
The mare who with six wins was last year’s ‘Picnic Horse of the Year’ but she has been out of form recently after a barrier incident at Drouin created some niggling problems.
She was a $9 second outside chance in the field of eight.
This weekend it is a picnic double header.

Leigh Taylor takes out the Yea Cup on Sugar
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Buchan hold their Cup meeting on Saturday on the unique Canni Creek racecourse in east
Gippsland and Healesville seem certain to finally get another big meeting under way on the
Country Racing Victoria has granted Healesville two extra dates late in the season to counter
the three lost due to flooding.
The extra dates will be Saturday 19 March and Saturday 9 April being the only two windows
of opportunity left in the remainder of the picnic season.

Results for Yea.
See the days action in the Picture Gallery.

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