THE local racing season is off and running after a perfect start at the popular Woolamai Picnic Races on Saturday.
Typically warm weather greeted a big crowd of patrons on the day, their numbers boosted by early Christmas parties and the usual hens’ and bucks’ turns that favour Woolamai.
But the shady oak trees provided ideal refuge after action on the track where the main highlight was a winning treble by jockey Caitlin King; including an all-the-way win on Tickaloy in the second, success on Don’t Forget Tiny by a bob of heads in the fourth and finally a boil-over win on Captain Cupboard in the last at 17-1.
A much travelled horse in its seven races, trying at Swan Hill, Alexandria and Bairnsdale before Woolamai, it was the connections first win after finishing last or near last with the Captain in the past three.
Seymour trainer Barry Goodwin collected a double with Timely Girl, arriving down the outside to just grab them on the line in the third and easily with The Sands ridden by son Reece Goodwin in the fifth.
Organisers were delighted with the success of the day and look forward to more racing on January 7 and 20, February 19 and 24 and March 17.
More photos on page 59 of this weeks edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times
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