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Healesville Report
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.

It was a day of doubles for the jockeys with both Matthew Corbisiero and Jack Peat booting home two winners for the afternoon. Matthew Corbisiero was the first to achieve the feat in races three and four, saluting in his first two rides of the day. In the eyes of bookmakers, Corbisiero pulled off a near-miracle in race three, guiding $21 outsider My Josephine to victory for trainer Neil Robb. His second win, aboard the fast-finishing Gaja, came at the much less biblical odds of $8, answering the prayers of punters still questioning their faith.

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.

The meeting was bookended with impressive wins in a pair of Maiden Handicaps. Favourite Sabato Figlia, ridden by Grant Seccombe, took out the first in decisive fashion, putting daylight between her rivals to win by 3.5 lengths. In the last, Adam Bodey, still smarting from his close up third in the previous race, proved too strong aboard topweight Legion Chief to hold off a late challenge from Ryedale Road.

Visit the photo gallery and see the race results.

Strategic Impact wins the Open Hcp on protest.
Congratulations to everyone who braved the weather, in particular the jockeys for withstanding the trying conditions. Next week, Woolamai gets their first chance to host a picnic race meeting for the season. Early reports indicate that there will be a few scattered showers, so here’s hoping for some divine intervention.


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