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Healesville Report
by Brad Best

On Saturday, the Healesville Amateur Racing Club hosted another magnificent afternoon of picnic racing, celebrating their final meeting of the season in front of a fantastic crowd. With big fields taking to the track, punters had their work cut out for them, sifting through many months of form to find a winner. But with the bookmakers’ ring ideally positioned between the mounting yard and the bar; and a big screen set up on the infield, there were no excuses with everything a punter could possibly want just a few steps away.

The afternoon got off to the best possible start for Courtney Pace who rode the first two winners of the day. In the first, Pace took the reins of Vin De Vie, completely dominating the race on the six-year-old mare, winning by an amazing nine lengths for trainers Kim & Gayle Mayberry. She picked up her double just half-an-hour later, steering four-year-old gelding Hay Buddy to a similarly-impressive four-length win.

In the third, six-year-old Bemarydan, ridden by Clay Beasy, made it five wins in a row, holding on to victory ahead of the fast-finishing Bertoglio. The win capped off an amazing season for the John Kilgower-trained gelding, taking the title of picnic horse of the year in the feature event of the day, the Brian Bren CRV/VBA Sprinters Series Final.

In race four, topweight King Henry, ridden by Michael Kent, dominated the ten-horse field, running away with a two-and-a-quarter-length victory. Swiss Flyer proved even more dominant in the fifth with Grant Seccombe guiding the five-year old gelding to a four-length win. Fittingly, the closest finish of the day was reserved for the final race of the Healesville season when consistent gelding Guadalcanal, ridden by Matthew Corbisiero, held on in a classic photo finish, taking out the inaugural “Golden Thong” ahead of Little Miss Moolah and Minou.

Once again, it was another great day out at Healesville. Many thanks to the HARC for putting it all together, their attention to detail helping to make Healesville the best-presented racetrack on the picnic racing circuit. Bring on Derby Day in the Spring!


Guadalcanal wins the Golden Thong Open Hcp


Results for Healesville. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Healesville.

The final meeting of the season takes place over the Easter long weekend at Swifts Creek. It promises to be another relaxed day out at the races where the curtain will come down on the picnics after almost six months of incredible racing action.


 

 

 





             
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