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28 April, 2023

Picnic jockeys tussle for points

Racing Report - Grenfell By Colin Hodges

Several of the leading contenders for the picnic championship final later this year clashed on Saturday (April 15) and an exciting finish eventuated in the 1400 metres Lane Cove Legends-Doug Allen Memorial Grenfell Picnic Cup. Racing before a big crowd at Grenfell, Bobby’s Secret and Namarari were the early leaders with the more favoured runners camped off the pace in the cup.

Leeton-based Breanna Bourke, who won the recent Bourke Picnic Cup on All Words, brought the Dean Mirfin, Bathurst-trained Our Blue Moon ($5) with a well-timed run to beat Madison Point (Ricky Blewitt, $3.60) by threequarters of a length with Golden Eclipse (Shaun Cooper, $2.60 favourite) a close third, in front of the 2022 championship winner Hemsted.

Veteran galloper Billy Bent Ear has an enthusiastic fan club and there was plenty of cheering when the Connie Greig, Dubbo-trained 10- year-old fought out the finish of the 1000 metres Commodities Grenfell Bracelet Handicap. Kimmylee (Ricky Blewitt, $1.80 fav.) loomed on the inside however Billy Bent Ear (Leandro Ribeiro, $2) making it 13 wins and 35 placings from 130 starts held on to win by a head with Bizarro (Tamsin Gough, $9) a handy third.

Champion jockey Leandro Ribeiro completed a treble with later wins on Rock ‘N’ Tori (1400 metres IGA/Terry Brothers Class B Handicap) and Vigoureux in the 2000 metres Terry Brothers Carpet Court Forbes-Presi- dents Cup.

Rock ‘N ‘ Tori ($3.60), trained at Moruya by Lauren Davies, travelled behind the leaders and was the win- ner by over two lengths from Here Comes Chum (Emily Waters, $6) and Gifted Curves (Tamsin Gough, $7) with Eight Willows backed from $5 to $2.80 favourite finishing unplaced. Grenfell Picnic Club bit the bullet by staging a 2000 metre race and the reward was a good field for the President’s Cup Class One Trophy Handicap.

Billie Frenado made it a true stay- ing test by leading by eight lengths before the Joe Cleary, Queanbeyan, trained Vigoureux (Leandro Ribeiro, $5) steamed down the centre of the track to win from Victorian visitor All Too Creedy (Shaun Cooper, $3) and La Campanella (Emily Waters, $5 to $2.40 favourite).

Joe Cleary had earlier won the 1200 metres Allan and Flachs Families Sweet Lauraine Class Two Trophy Handicap with Bonhomie (Sally Faulks, $3.40) which over-hauled Frau Holle (Ricky Blewitt, $8) close to home with Blackhill Kitty (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.50 fav.) in third place.

Seymour-based trainer Don Dwy- er and Shaun Cooper the leading pic- nic jockey in Victoria, were rewarded for their long trip when winning the 1000 metres McAlister Motors Maiden Plate with Kulina.

Placed six times at TAB meetings in Victoria, Kulina ($1.70 fav.) raced third to the home turn and finished best to beat Hollow Dollar (Leandro Ribeiro, $2) by a long neck with two lengths to Red Card Rosie (Emily Waters, $15). 

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