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Woolamai Report
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.

Race four was taken out by Matthew Corbisiero on board six-year-old gelding Rokeby. Despite the one-and-a-quarter-length winning margin, a clearly frustrated Dani Walker, rider of second placegetter Wayne’s Command, took the result to the stewards’ room claiming alleged interference in the straight. After a short deliberation, the protest was dismissed and Rokeby declared the winner. It was business as usual in the fifth with leading picnic jockey Adam Bodey steering $2.10 favourite Artie’s Sheila to a solid one-and-a-half-length victory. And as the afternoon sun blazed across the track, it was the ageless Debbie Waymouth who claimed victory in the last, taking the lead in the shadows of the post to give five-year-old gelding Caffe Coupez its second career win.

Artie's Sheila wins the Open Hcp

Results for Woolamai. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Woolamai.

Next week, picnic racing celebrates Australia Day in style with a massive double-header over the long weekend. It all kicks off on Saturday at Yea with the running of the Yea Cup before moving south for the traditional Australia Day meeting at Balnarring on Sunday. Huge crowds are expected, so get there early, put your feet up and enjoy the festivities. We look forward to seeing you there!




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