by Brad Best
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In near-perfect conditions, punters flocked to Woolamai on Saturday for a massive afternoon of picnic racing. It was another impressive turnout for the club, following the remarkably successful New Year’s Day meeting earlier in the month.
On the track, Michael Kent fired home the first winner of the day, producing a perfectly-timed run on six-year-old gelding King Henry before taking out the opener ahead of the unlucky Rokeby. There was plenty of drama in the second with jockey Stephen Harper falling from his mount at the barriers and Courtney Pace taking the result to the stewards’ room. After a short deliberation, the protest was dismissed, giving Soldier’s Opera, ridden by Reece Goodwin, its first win from its first race start.
In race three, Debbie Waymouth continued her stunning partnership with Immortal Fire, the duo romping away with their third consecutive win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
In race four, Courtney Pace ensured that there would be no need to head to the stewards’ room this time around, comfortably rounding up the field on seven-year-old gelding Rawlings before holding on to victory ahead of the fast-finishing Peace Of Heaven. It was a similar story in the fifth with five-year-old gelding House Of York shooting clear at the top of the straight before holding off a late challenge by Magical Mystery to win by almost half-a-length.
The swoopers were again on the charge in the last with five-year-old gelding Fionn McCool, ridden to perfection by Clay Beasy, making the most of the hot early pace to deliver connections a solid two-and-three-quarter-length win over Here’s To A King.
Once again, the Woolamai Race Club put on another brilliant afternoon of entertainment, confirming its reputation as one of the most well-run organisations on the picnic racing circuit. Next week, picnic racing enjoys its biggest double-header of the season with Yea hosting its Cup meeting on Saturday and Balnarring gearing up for another massive afternoon on Australia Day. We can’t wait to see you there!
Results for Woolamai.
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