The weather did not treat the annual Boxing Day meeting well at Drouin this year which kept crowds down. The racing however was competitive and apprentice Clayton Douglas rode a treble which was a great effort for such a young rider. With six winners now for the season Clayton had his claim reduced to 2kg and at his current winning rate it will not be long before he outrides the rest of his claim.
Riding honours also went to Adam Bodey who rode a double and took out the 2011 Drouin Cup aboard Initial Response. This horse has improved since coming to the picnics winning two on end at Yea before taking out the Cup.
By contrast Mansfield was blessed with a glorius racing day with perfect weather and a good crowd turned out to enjoy the meeting.
Highlight of the meeting was for apprentice Nathan Newton who rode his first winner at the picnics aboard the Tony Meade trained Spoleto. Nathan rode a very patient ride and secured a rails run on the turn to get up on the line to nudge out the unlucky Miss Vanucci in a photo.