by Brad Best
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On a cold and blustery Boxing Day morning, racegoers made the annual pilgrimage to Drouin, their picnic baskets abrim with unfinished roasts and uncracked bonbons. Gathering on the front lawn, they set up camp in the shadows of the final stretch, flushing out picnic rugs and raising imperishable tarps, a picture perfect afternoon materialising around them.
On the track, it was the Dianne Clover-trained Vertigo who stole the show, taking home this year’s feature event, the Drouin Cup. Ridden by Reece Goodwin, the six-year-old mare controlled the race throughout, leading from start to finish to record a three-length win. It was Goodwin’s second win of the day after earlier taking out the third on board six-year-old gelding Marlly. Goodwin’s double sees the talented young hoop cement his position at the top of the jockey’s premiership.
Not to be outdone, Grant Seccombe notched up a well-deserved double with dominant wins on Avon Country and Street Games. In race two, Avon Country continued its stellar start to the season with a fourth win at the picnics from five starts. While in the fifth, four-year-old mare Street Games broke her maiden status with an easy two-length win for trainer Michael Templeton.
Debbie Waymouth and Michael Kent bookended the day with two brilliant come-from-behind wins. In race one, Waymouth was at her instinctive best, sitting off the speed on three-year-old filly Without Exception before gobbling up the field in the straight. Michael Kent rounded out the day with a win on Heathy Boy, the five-year-old gelding turning three-wide before running over the top of topweight Immortal Fire to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
Next week (or should that be next year), picnic racing celebrates New Year’s Day at Merton and Woolamai. In a tale of two towns, Woolamai will be making its New Year’s Day debut while Merton will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Spoilt for choice, there’s no excuse to miss out on a perfect start to 2015!
Results for Drouin. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Drouin.