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Buchan was given some relief from recent fires and a milder temperature to conduct their Cup meeting and the crowd turned out in force to make the most of the occasion. It was an eerie atmosphere enroute to the track as backburning continued to leave a haze of smoke in the surrounding mountains.
With a day off from bookmaking duties it was a good opportunity to get to a picnic race meeting as a patron and we settled under the umbrellas in the home straight. This is one of the great attractions of picnic racing, you get to setup for the day with everything in striking range. The bookies ring, the parade ring, the food and drink vendors, this is really what you call relaxed racing. Despite some late scratchings the program held up well and there was some competitive racing.

The first race when to the David Ferguson trained and Michael Kent ridden Theme Song who led all the way to hold out the fast finishing Be My Lady. In the second race Sabato Figlia also showed the benefit of ensuring you are in the lead coming to the turn as the downhill run to the finish post can make it hard to pick up the leader. Grant Seccombe won this race for John Kilgower who recently took over this improving galloper from Narbethong who ran home well for second. There was a continuation of apprentice jockeys riding out their claims with both Michael Kent and Grant Seccombe hitting the 15 win mark and losing their claims.

Race 3 was a two horse race but a one act affair for recent Woolamai distance winner Shanghai Rooster who led all the way to defeat Paradian to give trainer Reg Manning a quinella and an easy pickup for all the prizemoney on offer.

In the feature event of the day, the Buchan Cup, seven year old gelding Guadalcanal made a lightning move from last to be in front coming to the turn and held off all challengers in the run home to give trainer Reg Manning a double for the day.
Guadalcanal was very unlucky in its previous run at Woolamai when when held up on two occassions. Despite Matthew Corbiserio dropping his whip at the 500m mark the gelding clearly showed it has a desire to win notching up its 7th career victory.

Guadalcanal wins the Buchan Cup 2014

Bemarydan won the 5th in very easy style at its first run over 1200m. Known for its speed over 1000m bookmakers opened it 2nd favourite behind Big Baba Looey but those who witnessed its 6 length victory at this track last season saw the value and backed it into favouritism and it did not let them down. Notching a double for Grant Seccombe and John Kilgower this improved 6yog also snared its 7th career win.

The last went to Urban Gypsy ridden by Matthew Corbisiero and trained by Rob Gillahan. Heavily backed in the betting ring from $2-00 into a short priced $1-50 favourite it did not let punters down leading all the way and was never in doubt of winning, putting a final nail into the bookies coffins for favourite backers and providing Matthew Corbisiero with a double.

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

Congratulations to the Buchan Racing Club for such a successful meeting given the curcumstances of recent bushfires in the area. Next Saturday and Sunday, picnic racing heads to Woolamai and then Yea for the Yea St Pats Cup. It promises to be another great two days of relaxed picnic racing.




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