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Balnarring & Hinnomunjie Report
by Brad Best

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A classic double-header kept punters busy over the long weekend with meetings at Hinnomunjie and Balnarring taking place in near-perfect conditions. On Saturday, six-year-old gelding Swiss Flyer, trained by John Kilgower, took out the Hinnomunjie Cup, holding out defending champ Guadalcanal in a thrilling finish. The win secured another Cup for jockey Grant Seccombe who took out the Woolamai Cup earlier in the year on board Lardner Lou. Punters also saw a return to form for Reece Goodwin, the talented young hoop riding a double to draw level with Courtney Pace on 23 wins for the season.

After a much-needed rest on Sunday, picnic racing returned to Balnarring on Labour Day Monday for the running of the Middle Distance Series Final. In front of a big crowd, favourite Tanah Lot proved too strong for the field of five, storming away with a massive eight-length win. It was another masterful display from veteran jockey Adam Bodey who, with his only ride of the day, made no mistake on the Tom Scanlon-trained eight-year-old.

It was a brilliant afternoon for Courtney Pace who reclaimed the outright lead in the jockey’s premiership with victory in the opening two races of the day. Taking the reins of Bachelorette, Pace got off to a flyer in the first, timing her run to perfection on the three-year-old filly to grab victory ahead of pacesetter Kosmos Laughing. She brought up her double in the very next race on Howling Wolf. The four-year-old gelding, trained by Rhett Bardon, proved a class above, pulling away by four lengths to record a fourth win for the season.

Not to be outdone, Michael Kent brought up a double of his own, claiming victory in two nail-biting finishes. His first win came in the third on board even-money favourite Aurelli. Sitting just off the pace, Kent nabbed front-runner Bring Me Sunshine in the final few strides, giving the six-year-old mare her third consecutive win at Balnarring. Kent secured his double in the fifth with a similar ride on What Logic. In a hotly-contested race, Kent took the six-year-old gelding to the back of the field before making a slashing run home, catching pacesetter Mt Sugarloaf within a whisker of the line.

Dani Walker rounded out the day with victory in the fourth on board Cymbid Lago. The three-year-old filly, making her first appearance at the picnics, never looked in danger, turning in front before running away with two-and-a-half-length victory.

Next week, picnic racing returns to the Bass Coast for Woolamai Race Club’s final meeting of the season. It’s sure to be another great day out at the picnics on Super Saturday! We can’t wait to see you there!

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