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Alexandra Report
by Brad Best

Through fading wisps of early morning cloud, the picturesque hamlet of Alexandra shone brightly on Saturday, lighting the way for a massive afternoon of picnic racing. In perfect conditions, an enthusiastic crowd of experts and novices assembled under the shade of trees and marquees, swapping stories and sharing laughs until well after the final race.

In the feature event of the day, the Stonelea Alexandra Cup, a near-capacity field of nine runners took to the track with punters torn between a host of chances. From the outset, pacemakers He’s An Angel and Marlly made sure that the race was run at a strong clip, stringing out the field in the back straight before rounding the home turn in front. But in a scintillating finish, it was seven-year-old mare Minou, superbly ridden by Courtney Pace, who took full advantage of the strong early pace, storming home late for a debut picnic win, the recent acquisition to the Gordon Strang stable taking out the Cup by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

Minou wins the 2014 Alexandra Cup

In other races, Adam Bodey surprised absolutely no one by riding a winning double from just three rides. He picked up his first winner in race four on board seven-year-old gelding Dance Man, pulling away easily for a one-and-a-quarter-length win. He notched up his double in the last on another seven-year-old gelding, Mr Jomar, holding on to victory in the shadows of the post ahead of Miss Montgomery and the fast-finishing Mediano.

In the first, Reece Goodwin made the most of a late call-up to ride Milady Bay, swooping home late on the five-year-old mare to win by a head. In the second, Matthew Brown had a much easier ride on $1.30 favourite Lou Lou Star, dominating the four-horse field with an easy two-length win. Amber Comb was the other winner on the day, taking out the third on Polish Rose, the in-form six-year-old mare flashing home out wide to pip Combien at the post.

As always, the Alexandra Racing Club put on a tremendous show, providing a fitting finale for their last meeting of the season. Next season, picnic racing returns to Alexandra in late October with a massive meeting on Cox Plate Day. With a huge crowd already tipped, make sure you start planning your day as soon as possible.

Results for Alexandra. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Alexandra Cup.

Next weekend, Balnarring hosts its final meeting of the year. It promises to be a great day with big fields expected to take to the track with just three meetings to go before the end of the season. We look forward to seeing you there!




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