by Brad Best
Seemingly adept at upsetting the weather gods, Healesville again drew the short straw on Saturday as scattered showers and thunderstorms played havoc with racegoers. Despite the inclement conditions, a large crowd attended the meeting, staying dry thanks to the marvellous facilities provided by the Healesville Amateur Racing Club, ensuring that no amount of rain would spoil the party.
Jack Peat’s double was equally as unconventional. Following a strong win in the second aboard $7 chance Silken Samurai, Peat was forced to wait for the result of a protest in the fifth to see if he had secured his second win of the day. As punters huddled anxiously in the bookmakers’ enclosure, away from the persistent rain, news came through that the protest had been upheld and, despite being pipped at the post, Strategic Impact was given the victory ahead of To Cry For.