By Mark Brassel
Military Bay - last year's winner of the NSW Picnic Champion Series Final at Dubbo - showed he is on course to defend his title with a slashing win at Tomingley picnics last weekend.
The five-year-old was having his third run from a break when a near four-length winner of the Western Plains Security Class 3 Handicap (1150m) starting a short $1.50 favourite.
Ridden by regular rider Ashley Boyd who has won seven times on the gelding, Military Bay easily accounted for Rosesay (Leandro Ribeiro; $7) and Georgian Court (Anaelle Gangotena; $3.50).
Military Bay was having his third run back from a four-week let up and had no trouble carting the 69.5kg steadier.
The feature, the Alkane Resources Ltd Tomingley Picnic Cup (1500m), was taken out by the $2.10 favourite Keep Me Posted (Anaelle Gangotena).
The eight-year-old narrowly beat Nevada Sunrise (Michael T. Johnston, $7) and Narrow Neck Nelson (William Stanley, $4.80).
Drummed Out maintains his lead in the NSW Picnic Champion Series with 28 points ahead of Song One (21 points), with Malibu Stacy, On a Promise and Regina Margherita all on 20 points.
Picnic racing continues with Boorowa picnics this Saturday (1st May).
For all the latest info (including Points Table & Honour Roll) on the Series click here - 2021 NSW Picnic Champion Series