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PRE MIX & DECORATIVE CONCRETE
Fifteen trucks delivering to all commercial
and residential areas of South Gippsland
- NORMAL AND SPECIAL CONCRETE MIXES
- CRUSHED ROCK PRODUCTS
Phillip Island 5956 8302.
Also plants at Wonthaggi 5672 3733,
Bass 5678 2022 and Inverloch 5674 2911
PROOF TO ANNABEL
THE Phillip Island Indoor Carpet Bowlers
will be bowling throughout the holiday period
in air conditioned comfort at the Phillip Island
Celebration Centre, 6 Lions Court, Cowes.
Bowling starts at 1pm sharp on Friday and
Beginners are welcome – come along and en-
joy the fun.
For more information phone Jack on 0434
Indoor bowls beat the heat
IT TURNED out to be a showcase af-
ternoon for the Woolamai and District
Race Club on Monday for its history
making day on its second meeting of the
Under overcast skies the club ran
seven races in what turned out to be a
highly successful day.
In a first on the picnic race circuit,
Woolamai had live coverage on both
free–to -air and pay-TV as well as ra-
dio broadcast of all seven events. This
served not only the local race club but
picnic racing as a whole to highlight
what is a wonderful afternoon’s enter-
With many locals and Phillip Island
holidaymakers amongst the crowd of
around 3000, the day’s racing certainly
provided plenty of action.
Even champion Caulfield trainer Mick
Price put in an appearance and Racing
Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey was
there to oversee the day’s racing.
All seven races were won by different
trainers throughout the afternoon, with
local trainer Shea Eden’s horse Rock it
Doc saluting in the second race by an
ever increasing four length margin.
Cranbourne trainers were also well
represented with runners on the day,
winning three of the six races. The open
trophy handicap over 1500 metres was
the feature event on the card, with the
Gary Mallinson trained Maldonado get-
ting the prize money in a driving finish
from top weight Turfin’ Around.
Veteran jockey ‘Razor’ Ray Douglas
had to use all his cunning and guile to
guide Maldonado to victory, denying
Eden racing stables a training double
for the afternoon.
Riding honours for the day were split
between up and coming talent Sophie
Logan and Seymour-based jockey Reece
Both riders managed a double, with
Logan saluting on Henning in the fifth
and Rock it Doc in the second, while
Goodwin rode with his usual instinct
and reflex to navigate Code It home in
the third race and then had an armchair
ride on Pure Esteem for trainer and fa-
ther Barry in the fourth.
The sixth race on the program was
very much a family affair with eight year
old gelding Goldoni winning in a tight
finish for trainer Brendan Woodman,
with daughter Chloe on hand to accept
Chloe’s grandfather is part owner of
Goldoni with Brendan and there was a
large gathering of family friends along
for the day to cheer Goldoni home.
Race club secretary Bev Carmichael
summed it up perfectly when she com-
mented: “This scenario is truly what
picnic racing is all about.”
The picnic race circuit has a strong
and ever represented contingent of fe-
male riders, who again were well rep-
resented in both skill and number on
Monday at Woolamai.
Leading jockey Courtney Pace, fresh
off four winners at Merton the day be-
fore, was unable to land a winner, how-
ever Sophie Logan picked up where
Courtney left off and is proving herself
to be a rider of high calibre.
The day was promoted by Racing
Victoria as part of the ‘Kids of summer
country racing’ and it did not disap-
Kelly Sports provided supervised ac-
tivities throughout the day and had a
huge turnout, while jumping castles,
face painting and Pockets the Clown
provided other entertainment.
Many families enjoyed the relaxed at-
mosphere on the lawns and even par-
taking in festivities, while for others the
picnic tables and rugs under the elms
were a popular option.
Local business was again to the fore
in sponsorship for most races and lo -
cal sporting clubs from the Bass Coast
area benefit from the running of the on-
course kiosks and food stalls.
The next meeting for Woolamai is on
January 21 (Saturday), followed by the
time-honoured Woolamai Cup on Feb-
ruary 4 (Saturday).
Picnic racing has been somewhat of
an unsung hero for several years, but
if Monday’s New Year’s public holiday
meeting at Woolamai was any guide, it
will continue to flourish on the Victo -
rian racing landscape.
With many local volunteers working
hard to bring these meetings together
they should continue to be a highlight
on the summer calendar.
Apprentice rider Sophie Logan, winner of Race 5 on Henning, is pictured with trainer Jim
Cerchi and the stable strapper.
Woolamai picnic races
By Gavin Stubbs
It was the third win in a row for Earn a Quid pictured crossing the line half a length in front of the other placegetters
in Race 1. Earn a Quid was ridden by Matthew Corbisiero, and trained by John Rattle.
Locals enjoying a day at the Woolamai Races on Monday are,
from left, Mick Clarke, Andrew Woodward, Tony Mau and David
Clerk of scales at Woolamai Bruce Spiden (right), his daughter
Lisa and Don Mathieson (left) are pictured trackside at Woolamai
Riders ready to mount in the yard for the fourth race on Monday
are, from left, Sophie Logan, Rob Kirkpatrick, Reece Goodwyn,
Max Keenan, Toby Lake and Courtney Pace.
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