by Brad Best
After sweltering through an unprecedented summer heatwave, picnic racegoers breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday, rolling up to Woolamai in blissfully pleasant conditions. The cool change came just at the right time: too late for some tennis players, but right on time for some very appreciative jockeys and horses.
It was another great turnout with hundreds of familiar faces, friends and families flocking to the Woolamai racetrack. Riding honours were shared on the day with six different jockeys saluting in the winner’s stall. Matthew Brown started the day in the best possible fashion, hitting the front early on eight-year-old Primo Lago before holding on gamely to record a half-length win in the first. Race two was all Bemarydan, the six-year-old gelding, ridden by Grant Seccombe, demolishing its rivals to run out a comprehensive five-length winner. It was a much closer affair in the third with the top four runners separated by only half a length. Grabbing the lead halfway down the straight, Cory Jones timed his run to the millimetre, driving Scented Siren through the pack to hold off Sensational Jewel and What Logic in a dramatic three-way finish.