Yea & Balnarring Report - by Brad Jamieson
The weekend featured another Picnic Racing double header with Saturday’s meeting held at Yea. Favourite punters had a day out with five of the six races being won by favourites – including a couple who were very well backed in betting. Riding honours for the day went to Adam Bodey with a winning treble on board Sevenhundredlarge, Rapid Flyer and Dramastic. King Can Sing was able to record his fourth picnic win for the season, dominating up front to win the 1600m Open Trophy by 10 lengths. The 5yo gelding trained by Kim Mayberry appears to be enjoying his racing at the moment. In form gelding Conserve, trained by Brendan Woodman at Mornington, was able to put his third straight win together with a last stride win for first season rider Clay Beasy. Another first season hoop, Reece Goodwin, took out the day’s other race on board Glowing Edge – a horse trained by his father Barry.
Sunday racing went to Balnarring and favourite punters fared a little worse than they did at Yea. Theia was able to take out the first race for Tyson Buck. They settled in a good position and made the most of the speed up front to run on strongly down the outside and win by two lengths. The Ellerton/Zahra training combination aren’t regulars on the picnic circuit and astute form students would’ve taken note when they accepted with 3yo filly Fly The Coop in the 1200m Maiden. Despite a slow start, the horse was able to make the most of inside runs and won the race impressively. She provided 23 year old jockey Joseph Cunningham with his fourth career win from just seven rides in his first season at the picnics. Rough results were to follow with outsiders Just Good Friends ($19) and Furbin ($13) getting up in the third and fourth races. Both horses had come off last start placings at Merton. Just Good Friends put in a strong on pace performance for rider Grant Seccombe to score by 3.5 lengths, while 11yo Furbin was able to find his way into the winners stall for the first time since January 2011. Trained at Stony Creek by Andrew Taylor, the ghostly grey was able to take the lead at the top of the straight for Danielle Daniel and hold off all challengers. Quintin Scott partnered with Adam Bodey to take out the fifth race with Duke of Norfolk, while Bodey made it a winning double when High Regal won the last for Pakenham trainer Dianne Clover. Having his first start for the Clover Stable, the 6yo was able to take advantage of inside runs to give Clover her first picnic winner of the season.