by Brad Best
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Picnic racing returned to Woolamai on Saturday for Woolamai Race Club’s first meeting of the season. In perfect conditions, another impressive crowd turned out, providing plenty of colour and excitement throughout the afternoon.
On the track, it was another brilliant day for Courtney Pace, the inform jockey riding her third double for the season to cement her spot at the top of the jockey’s premiership. Pace rode her first winner in race two on board favourite Immortal Fire, dominating the 1500m maiden with a scintillating two-and-three-quarter-length win. She brought up her double in the fifth, producing a perfectly-timed ride on track-specialist Rokeby to pip favourite Reventon at the post.
In other races, Anita Bell notched up the first win of her career, guiding Perfect Era to victory in the “T.J. Memorial” Ladies Bracelet Maiden Plate. Despite a few nervous moments on the eight-year-old, Bell kept her calm, edging out veteran Debbie Waymouth on Without Exception to win by half-a-length.
Earlier, Rawlings kick-started proceedings with another solid win in the first, the seven-year-old gelding, ridden by Ashlee Beer, making it two on the trot, racing away from Soldier’s March in the straight to score by two-and-a-half lengths. In the third, Michael Kent returned to the winner’s enclosure with a dominant performance on God’s Tilla, strolling away with a three-length win on the five-year-old.
The last belonged to Adam Bodey, the picnic racing veteran taking seven-year-old Grey Giggle to the front before holding on gamely ahead of the fast-finishing Vertigo. Despite the win (his second from just three starts this season), Bodey has ruled out any chance of defending his jockey’s premiership, a title that he has held for the past fourteen years. In a recent Facebook post, Bodey revealed that he had had doubts about returning to racing this season due to ongoing weight issues, but confirmed that he will continue to ride where possible, looking forward to the opportunity to assist young riders throughout the season by drawing on the experience of his unparalleled success in the saddle.
Next week, picnic racing enjoys a rare double-header with racing on Saturday at Balnarring and Sunday at Mansfield. Whether you make it to one meeting or even both, it’s sure to be a fantastic weekend ahead!
Results for Woolamai. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Woolamai.