In races three and four, two very smart horses tore up the track for a pair of very impressive victories. In the third, four-year-old gelding Cochin, ridden by Reece Goodwin, made it two in a row at the picnics with a strong three-and-a-quarter length win; while in the fourth, Adam Bodey took the reins of picnic debutant Yolanda Be Cool and dominated the race, demolishing his rivals by nine lengths.
The final two races of the day were much closer encounters with the top three placegetters in both races separated by less than half-a-length. In the fifth, Matthew Corbisiero hit the front early on $21 outsider Paradian and held on in a photo finish, beating home Bayfury and Classy Francesca. The best finish of the day was saved to the last with young apprentice Jo Stevens upstaging her more-experienced counterparts on board seven-year-old gelding Pegembak. In a perfectly-timed ride, a clearly-elated Stevens hit the front at precisely the right moment, taking out heat four of the CRV/VBA Middle Distance Series by a head.