by Brad Best
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The Healesville Amateur Racing Club bid a triumphant farewell to the picnic racing season on Saturday with another standout meeting by the banks of the Watts River. Despite a break of almost two months between races, punters returned to the idyllic Healesville track in huge numbers, gathering on the front lawn for a massive seven-race program.
In the feature event of the day, the Healesville Golden Thong, a capacity field took to the track with Here’s To A King and Parvenu sent out equal $4 favourites. However, in a performance reminiscent of his Healesville Cup win earlier in the season, picnic racing favourite Tearaway Tommy lead from start to finish, taking out the classic by four lengths. With veteran jockey Debbie Waymouth in the saddle, the four-year old gelding never looked in danger, bringing up win number four for the season for trainer Rebecca Waymouth.
It was a perfect start to the day for Ashlee Beer who claimed an early double with wins in races one and two. In the first, Beer took the reins of lightweight hope Traded, hitting the front in the home straight before claiming victory by one length. It was a similar story in the second with Beer guiding six-year-old gelding Runs For Fun to a comfortable one-and-a-half-length win.
Grant Seccombe continued his impressive season with a double of his own. In race three, Seccombe made a daring run out wide on board three-year-old gelding Sharknet, grabbing front-runner Stan The Man on the line. He backed up his win in the sixth with an easy all-the-way win on board easing favourite Coffee.
In other races, Reece Goodwin claimed victory in the fourth on board Celestial Century, closing the gap on Courtney Pace in the battle for the jockey’s premiership. In a thrilling finish, less than half-a-length separated the three placegetters with the Barry Goodwin-trained six-year-old finishing strongest ahead of Bowtale and Angel Of Rock. While in the last, four-year-old mare Heads Away, ridden superbly by Craig Kirkpatrick, continued the run of impressive on-pace performances with victory by two lengths.
Next weekend, picnic racing ends the season in style with back-to-back meetings at Balnarring on Saturday and Swifts Creek on Sunday. With just one win separating Courtney Pace and Reece Goodwin in the jockey’s premiership, it promises to be a thrilling climax to another amazing season of picnic racing!
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