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by Brad Best

And on the twelfth day of Christmas, Yea Racetrack gave to me.....

Twelve marquees buzzing .....Eleven ladies cheering .....Ten mates a-drinking .....Nine punters plunging .....Eight bookies weeping .....Seven whips a-crackin’ .....Six horses winning .....Five Hundred grins .....Four distant thirds .....Three short heads .....Two doubles won .....and a late scratching in race three

Yes, Santa came early for some lucky punters and owners on Saturday as Yea Racing Club celebrated its traditional Sister Olive Handicap race meeting. Being so close to Christmas, it was a great turnout, with many families celebrating the end of school year and welcoming the start of the festive season. Riding honours went to Michael Kent and Reece Goodwin who each picked up a double on the day. Continuing his good early season form, Michael Kent kick started proceedings in the first with a surprise win on outsider Charlie Charlie. In a field of three, Kent dominated the race, taking the six-year-old to the front before cruising to victory down the outside of the track, winning by six lengths. His second winner came in race three on board the mighty mare Vixenite, the nine-year old veteran pipping To Cry For at the post in one of the tightest finishes of the day.

Reece Goodwin rode the first of his two winners in race two, winning easily on topweight Marlly, the victory a family affair with father Barry the trainer of the five-year-old gelding. In race four, he brought up his double in similarly emphatic fashion, taking the reins of the well-backed favourite Cochin and not letting punters down, winning by a massive ten lengths.

The big race of the day, the Sister Olive Handicap, did not disappoint. In a classic finish, Shirlaski, ridden by Clinton Gaffney, and Grand Dette, ridden by Courtney Pace, went head-to-head and hoof-to-hoof in the straight with the six-year-old mare Shirlaski prevailing on the line. The narrow victory also kept Gaffney’s perfect racing record alive, his career stats of two winners from two rides equalling the feat of Jo Stevens earlier in the season.
The final race of the day went to Adam Bodey on board Nine Mile Sniper. In an incident-marred race which saw two jockeys and their mounts fall at the top of the straight, Bodey steered clear of the chaos to notch up his second win in a row on the four-year-old gelding, edging out Chosen Place on the line.

Nine Mile Sniper wins the Trophy 1

To everyone in the picnic racing community, have a very Merry Christmas. May the festive season be a safe and sunny one for all. We look forward to seeing you next time at Drouin for the traditional Boxing Day meeting.

Visit the photo gallery and see the race results.


The committee of the Mansfield Racing Club is buoyed up after the success of the Melbourne Cup Picnic Meeting in November, and working hard to bring together a day of family fun and country camaraderie.

New sponsors have jumped on board for our Mansfield Cup picnic race meeting to be held on Saturday 28th December.  McEvoy Mitchell Racing and R&C Legh Racing the major sponsors are delighted to be associated with the Mansfield Cup and their representatives are looking forward to joining us on the day to experience good old country hospitality.

“The McEvoy Mitchell and R&C Legh Racing Mansfield Picnic Cup will focus on families coming together and having fun as a community after the hectic lead up to Christmas. Kelly Sports have been engaged by Country Racing Victoria to provide lots of kid’s activities and entertainment, there will also be a jumping castle and show bags for all”, said Club President, Garry Hubbard.

Colour and excitement, local wines and food stalls will be the order of the day; the Champagne Bar will be flowing with our local bubbles. The Kids Fashions on the Field, sponsored by Marks Supa IGA and many local Mansfield business houses will no doubt attract the under 16 girls and boys looking to “strut their stuff”.

Six races will be on the card with the McEvoy Mitchell and R&C Legh Racing Mansfield Picnic Cup attracting $4000 prize money. The Club is grateful for the support of our other five race sponsors: Bonnie Doon General Store, H.J. Macey, Mal Ryan & Glen, Mansfield Leading Appliances, and Mansfield Real Estate.

Victoria Shaw, Australia’s only female race caller, will be calling each race. Victoria is a regular caller at Balnarring, Drouin and Yea St Patrick’s Race meetings. She is easily noticed at the race track being a tall, slim, attractive redhead as she moves around talking to Officials and Bookmakers. She follows the traditional calling principles, occasionally getting some quizzical looks from those deeply entrenched within the Industry when she has tried to vary her call.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a post-Christmas party at the races.

Book an umbrella package (call 5775 300) and bring along a picnic lunch with the left over ham and turkey or purchase food at the venue.  There is no BYO alcohol and no glass.  Gate entry on the day is $15 per adult/$10 concession and free admission for children 16 years and under. On line ticket bookings can be made on www.mansfieldraces.com.au.  Buses will run from caravan parks located in Jamieson, Howqua and Bonnie Doon. The bus ticket came be bought and include the fare and cost of entry.

For more information contact: secretary@mansfieldraces.com.au or call 0418 595 878.


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