WHAT a day it was at the Woolamai Races last Saturday.
It was simply perfect.
The weather was ideal, at about 22 degrees and with a light breeze blowing to keep the heat down and the flies at bay.
And there was a big happy crowd in under the big shady elm trees or out on the lawn enjoying a heady mix of exciting racing on the local track, plenty of races in Melbourne and interstate to bet on, plenty of refreshments and food options, great company and some entertainment for the kids.
It was just a lovely day to be relaxing at one of the best picnic racecourses in Victoria.
But there was nearly disaster in the first race when experienced jockey Matt Corbisiero had to make a hasty dismount from his horse Wicked Within who lived up to his name by bucking and lunging after it came out of the barriers.
“At one stage I thought he was going to jump through the outside rail,” said a relieved Corbisiero after the race.
“There wasn’t much else I could do.”
The race was exciting for all the right reasons as well with jockey Caitlin King rating her horse, Rapid Rapport, superbly down the outside to win narrowly from Three Handles.
Reece Goodwin stretched his lead in the jockey’s premiership at Woolamai with an easy four lengths win on Bojoura in the second race.
Having attempted the 2000 metres at Balnarring two weeks earlier, Goodwin said after the race at Woolamai on Saturday that Bojoura had benefitted from coming back to the 1600 metres, a fine training feat by Max King of Cranbourne.
The third race was another exciting event, with Courtney Pace doing well on her mount, Bellefontein, to narrowly hold off Toucandan, ridden by Reece Goodwin, which had taken the quickest way home by getting the split on the turn.
Trainer Ron Stephens of Pakenham is hopeful Bellefontein might be able to win a race on the professional circuit.
But Goodwin was back in the winners’ circle again, on Pure Esteem, in Race Four, taking a narrow win over Secretwina, ridden by Courtney Pace.
The final two races on the card were won in comfortable fashion by Scaarjn Force ridden by Max Keenan and McNulty ridden by Ray Douglas.
The next meeting at Woolamai, on Saturday, February 4, is Woolamai Cup day.
All clear now for Woolamai’s big day