15 February, 2023
Lunn takes the trophy home after twelve years
Racing by Colin Hodges Bedgerabong Picnic Races - Saturday, February 11, 2023
Twelve years after taking home the trophy, Dubbo
trainer Garry Lunn was back again on
Saturday to win the $11,000 Total Wear Solutions
Australia Bedgerabong Picnic Cup with Honeywine.
His 2011 winner, Carry The Dance, was ridden
by Isabelle Chandler while Honeywine had Narromine-
based Ricky Blewitt in the saddle.
In front of a crowd of nearly 2000 at the beautiful
Bedgerabong racecourse, Namarari and
Queensland visitor, Hard Currency were among
the early leaders in the 1400-metres Cup with Sons
Of Bourke dashing to the front approaching the
Given a nice run behind the leaders by Blewitt,
Honeywine (at $7) in a thrilling finish, won by a
half-head from Sons Of Bourke (Michael Gray at
$2.70) with the $2.60 favourite Cheeky Nugget
(Leandro Ribeiro) a length and threequarters away
in third place.
Blewitt then kept a cool head in the following
race when the Michael Mulholland, Dubbo-trained
Bon Vavont was very slowly away in the 1400-
metres Lachlan Quarry Sands Class B Handicap.
Coming from a long last, Bon Vavont (the $1.90
favourite) arrived in time to defeat Here Comes
Chum (Emily Waters at $6) and the Queenslandtrained
Dutton Ranch, (Todd Bailey at 3.80).
Recent good performances at Royal Randwick
and Moonee Valley, were pointers to success for
Bold Offa in the 800-metres Daniel Ball Transport
Clearview Bracelet Handicap. Burdened with the
72kg top weight, the lightly-raced four-year-old
stallion was ridden by Rebecca McCrae for her
husband, Yass trainer Allan McRae.
the outset, Bold Offa (the $2.20 favourite) held on
under the big weight to win by a half-neck from
Yorker (Leandro Ribeiro at $2.80) and Everyone
(Emily Waters at $8).
Champion picnic jockey, Leandro Ribeiro also
had his supporters feeling happy when he rode the
opening three winners, Get Up Alby, Iciafox, and
Finishing strongly, the Connie Greig, Dubbotrained
Get Up Alby (at $3.50) reeled in the leaders
to win the 1100-metres Dunk Insurance Class
Three Trophy Handicap from Hammoon Sweetheart
(Michael Gray at $10) and Angie Emm (Ricky
Blewitt the $2.30 favourite).
Connie Greig, the picnic trainers Premiership
winner last season, completed a double when Benyatta
(the $2.80 favourite) raced outside the leader
and, close to home, wore down Hireach (Emily
Waters at $4.20) with Jesta Diva (Ricky Blewitt at
$4) third in the 800-metres Roylance Tractor
Replacements Class B Handicap.
Third leg of the Leandro Ribeiro treble, was aboard the Rodney Robb, Nyngan-trained Iciafox in the 1100-metres Hutcheon and Pearce Maiden Plate. Taking the lead in the early stages, Iciafox (at $2.80) won by over six lengths from Supreme Reality (Michael Gray at $3) and Cinders (Kate Petersen at $6). Condobolin Picnics and Coonabarabran, are scheduled for this Saturday with Mudgee on Sunday, featuring the $150,000 Central Districts Qualifier for the Newhaven Park Country Championship Final at Royal Randwick.