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Healesville & Balnarring Reports

by Brad Best

Healesville Replays
Race 1 Replay | Race 2 Replay | Race 3 Replay | Race 4 Replay | Race 5 Replay | Race 6 Replay

Balnarring Replays
Race 1 Replay | Race 2 Replay | Race 3 Replay | Race 4 Replay | Race 5 Replay | Race 6 Replay

Picnic racegoers were treated to a spectacular double-header over the weekend with Healesville and Balnarring hosting back-to-back meetings. Despite dire weather predictions – which would have seen more suggestible types stocking up on canned goods and clutching at sacred texts – both meetings went ahead without a drop of rain, leaving those who attended mercifully dry.

On Saturday, the Healesville Cup was won by Tearaway Tommy, the remarkably-improved four-year-old gelding, trained by Rebecca Waymouth, taking out the showcase event by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Starting at the juicy odds of $4.20, “Tommy” never looked in danger, hitting the front early in trademark style before settling uncharacteristically well around the first turn. The win marked victory number three for the season for the picnic racing favourite, giving jockey Debbie Waymouth another winner in one of her best seasons of recent memory.

In other races, Reece Goodwin continued his stellar season with a dominant win on board Black Mascara, the five-year-old mare backing up her good run at Merton with a four-and-a-half-length victory in the first. In race two, Avon Country, ridden by Grant Seccombe, remained the horse to beat for picnic racehorse of the year honours, easily accounting for its rivals in the 1200m sprint by two-and-a-half lengths. Matthew Corbisiero was back on the winner’s list in the third with a strong all-the-way win on seven-year-old mare Pretty Almaher while in the fifth Playboy Frank, ridden by Adam Bodey, was sent out a red-hot favourite and didn’t disappoint, clearing away in the straight for a massive six-length win. A rare false start kicked off the last with four of the six runners doing a full circuit of the track before returning to the barriers for the real deal. Fortunately for favourite backers, the extra lap didn’t hurt $1.40-chance Alternative Choice, the four-year-old gelding, ridden by Courtney Pace, gliding effortlessly to a one-and-three-quarter-length win.

On Sunday, it was back to Balnarring for the first time in 2015, the club breathing a sigh of relief after torrential rain wiped out its previous meeting. In front of another good crowd, Michael Kent and Debbie Waymouth provided standout performances, each riding doubles. In the second, Michael Kent started his day in the best possible fashion, guiding Aurelii to victory by five lengths. The win was especially sweet for Kent who is also the trainer of the six-year-old mare. He brought up his double in the very next race, avoiding the early carnage at the barriers (which saw two of the five runners scratched) before guiding outsider Tears For Sarah to victory with a perfectly-timed ride out wide.

In race four, Debbie Waymouth continued her renaissance as one of picnic racing’s premier jockeys, sitting just off the pace on topweight From The Vault before storming home with a delightful run to catch favourite Casinoholic in the shadows of the post. In the following race, Waymouth produced a similar ride on favourite Immortal Fire, giving the five-year-old gelding its fourth victory for the season.

The day was bookended with wins to two other stars of the track, Courtney Pace and Adam Bodey. In the first, Pace was at her instinctive best, settling at the rear of the field before dominating the race on board favourite Coolscay, running away with a four-length victory. While in the last, Adam Bodey took the reins of six-year-old gelding Yolanda Be Cool with typical composure, catching bold front-runner Kipsiro in the straight before recording a three-quarter-length win.

Many thanks to Healesville and Balnarring Race Clubs who, despite the fickle weather, put on a fantastic weekend of entertainment. Next Saturday, picnic racing returns to Woolamai. Fresh from the success of their New Year’s Day meeting, it promises to be another amazing afternoon of picnic racing action. We can’t wait to see you there!

Results for Healesville. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Healesville.
Results for Balnarring. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Balnarring.




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