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Woolamai & Yea St. Pats Cup Report
by Brad Best

Woolamai Replays
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Yea Replays
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After heavy rain forced the cancellation of last Saturday’s meeting at Buchan, picnic racegoers were treated to a spectacular double-header over the weekend with back-to-back meetings at Woolamai and Yea. Despite temperatures soaring into the mid-thirties, both meetings were well-attended with the public superbly catered for by both clubs.

On Saturday, history was made at Woolamai with Just Jordie, the undisputed champion of the Bass Coast, notching up win number eleven at his home track. In one of the best finishes of the picnic racing season, the eleven-year-old, ridden superbly by Courtney Pace, hit the front at the home turn before holding on in a blanket finish ahead of Stanborough. The win not only broke the record for the number of wins at Woolamai but also took Just Jordie’s total career wins to twelve. Remarkably, the evergreen gelding, trained by picnic stalwart Robert Carmichael, has only won one race away from home, the win coming in his first career start at Balnarring almost seven years ago. Moreover, it was Courtney Pace’s second win of the day after earlier taking out the second on board seven-year-old gelding Just Nasty.

In other races, three-year-old gelding Maglantus, ridden by Craig Kirkpatrick, broke his maiden status in the first with a dominant two-length win for trainer Andrew Taylor. In the third, Adam Bodey was at his instinctive best, catching an inside run on board favourite Tolago Man before holding onto victory ahead of the fast-finishing Swift Flight.

As the kids cooled off with an impromptu water fight, punters were treated to a classic finish in the fifth with stablemates Peace Of Heaven and Mt Sugarloaf battling it out in the straight for trainer John Kilgower. In the end, it was six-year-old mare Peace Of Heaven, ridden by Grant Seccombe, who proved victorious, edging out Mt Sugarloaf by a long neck. While in the last, Dani Walker produced a brilliant ride on Till Then, controlling the race on board the six-year-old mare to record an easy two-and-a-half-length victory.

On Sunday, another good crowd braved the heat at Yea for the traditional running of the Skilled St Pat’s Cup. In stifling conditions, nine-year-old Ready Zuca took out the feature event, saluting in a dramatic finish ahead of Royal Mail and To Cry For. Sent out a $2.10-favourite, the Gary Aldridge-trained gelding, ridden superbly by Ashlee Beer, made the most of the fast-going on the outside rail, swooping home late to win in a classic photo finish.

In what is shaping up to be an exciting climax to the season, Courtney Pace picked up another double to roar back to the top of the jockey’s premiership, taking the lead from Reece Goodwin. Pace kicked off her day in style, controlling the first on board four-year-old gelding Herewecome before running away with a three-quarter-of-a-length victory. She notched up her double in the very next race with a sensational ride on Howling Wolf. Carrying 72kg, the four-year-old gelding came from behind to produce a memorable win for trainer Rhett Bardon, claiming victory by a long neck ahead of the brave Conspicuous Star.

In the third, punters were left stunned as $26-shot Deni Flyer turned in a career-best performance to take out the 1300m event for new trainer Ray Plant. Ridden by Christopher Brown, the five-year-old gelding never looked in danger, streeting away by almost two lengths ahead of stablemate Cochin. Toby Lake produced an equally-dominant ride in the fifth on board Babz, giving the four-year-old mare victory by nearly five lengths. While in the last, Matthew Corbisiero, with his only ride of the day, continued the run of easy wins with a one-and-a-half-length victory on seven-year-old mare Pretty Almaher.

Next weekend, picnic racing returns to Alexandra for the running of the Alexandra Cup. After a fortnight of unsettled weather, let’s hope Alex can catch a lucky break for its showcase meeting of the season. With a big crowd expected, get trackside early for an amazing day out. We can’t wait to see you there!

Results for Woolamai. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Woolamai.
Results for Yea. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Yea.

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