by Brad Best
Picnic racegoers were treated to another fantastic afternoon of racing on Saturday with a huge crowd attending the HARC’s “Summer Fun” meeting at Healesville. Although the weather did not live up to the billing, the atmosphere certainly did, building throughout the day amid the spectacular surrounds of the Healesville racetrack.
On the track, it was a watershed day for Toby Lake, the talented young apprentice producing a memorable treble to further enhance his reputation as one of picnic racing’s most exciting new prospects. His first two winners, both for trainer Mark Thomas, came in the opening two races of the afternoon. In race one, Lake produced an all-the-way win on Mayfair Mogul, guiding the four-year-old gelding to the front before storming to victory by three lengths. Taking a different route in the second, Lake made a slashing run out wide on Master Luca, gobbling up the field on the five-year-old gelding to record a one-and-a-half-length victory. Fittingly, Lake brought up his treble with his best ride of the day, taking out the fourth with a scintillating rails run on The Blue Angel. The six-year-old gelding, returning to the picnics after a stint in the pros, claimed victory for trainer Ronald Tait ahead of the fast-finishing Excitations.
In other races, Courtney Pace continued to close the gap on Reece Goodwin in the battle for the jockey’s premiership, taking out the third on board Roto. In a slowly run race, Pace made her move in the final furlong, finishing strongly down the middle of the track to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. In race five, Matthew Corbisiero produced a surprise win on $10-shot Parvenu. Taking advantage of the early pace set by Debbie Waymouth on Tearaway Tommy, Corbisiero shot to the lead within sight of the finishing line, upstaging his more favoured counterparts on the six-year-old gelding to win by a nose ahead of Mateo. While in the last, Adam Bodey did as he pleased on nine-year-old gelding Aristides, dominating the race on the picnic debutant with an easy three-and-three-quarter-length win.
Next week, picnic racing returns to the Bass Coast for Woolamai Cup Day. With a big crowd expected, it promises to be another amazing afternoon out at the picnics. Get trackside early and don’t miss out on the action! We can’t wait to see you there!
Results for Healesville.
Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Healesville.