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By Mark Brassel

The Real McCoy has raced to the front in the 2017-18 NSW Picnic Champion Series point score after a sterling win at Harden picnics on Saturday.

The Kylie Kennedy-trained galloper ($11) was well ridden by Ricky Blewitt who took out the Sibelco & Nathan Schofield Carpentry Harden Picnic Cup (1400m) by just under a length from the favourite Kinda Tangy (Bill Owen, $2.50).

Following the win, The Real McCoy picked up 10 points and has now dashed clear with a total of 20 points, six clear of both Ausbred Petal and Black Fusion. The latter picked up four points at Harden when third (Toby Lake, $4) to The Real McCoy and Kinda Tangy.

Mop the Floor (Kyle Rayner, $6) picked up five points by winning the final race at Harden, the Lubealloy & Sir George Tavern Class B Handicap (1400m), and now sits on 10 points.

Black Fusion ran right up to his excellent placing in TAB company at his previous start in the Cootamundra Cup, with victory in the Verandah Town Cup at Lockhart Showgrounds last Friday.

The 8yo was sent out the $1.80 favourite and proved too strong with Toby Lake aboard, defeating Victorian Crown (Ricky Blewitt, $5) by half a length. The Scott Spackman-trained Black Fusion picked up 10 points in the Picnic Champion Series for the win and leaps up to equal third position.

The following day saw Leslie Bryant's Unshinkable (Kath Bell-Pitomac, $8) claim the Open Trophy at Young-Burrangong picnics. The 6yo mare beat Manatassee (Samara Johnson, $3.50 favourite) by a neck, earning seven points and is also now on 10 points.

Samara Johnson made amends in the following race by guiding Liabilityadjuster ($3 fav) home in the Burrangong Picnic Cup with Doug Gorrel's mare going to seven points. Runner-up was Malleable ($3.60) ridden by Toby Lake.

'Miss Consistency' Ausbred Petal has bolted from the gates in the 2017-18 NSW Picnic Champion Series and leads the point score with 14 points accumulated via the Come-by-Chance and Mungery picnic meetings.

The Connie Greig-trained Ausbred Petal was second to Wide Eyed in the Come-by-Chance Sprint (1000m) before downing Raynes Park (trained by Rodney Robb) in the Don Barling Memorial (1000m) at Mungery. The five-year-old mare picked up seven points on each occasion.

Robb's Rusty Motorbike (12 points) is running second following his win in the Come-by-Chance Picnic Cup (1400m) and a fourth to The Real McCoy in the Mungery Picnic Cup (1750m).

Equal third are The Real McCoy (Kylie Kennedy) and Wide Eyed (Bryan Dixon) on 10 points and right on their hammer are Butterfly Sky (9 points), Mango Liston (8pts), Beau in Chains (7pts), Shilopath (6pts) and five-pointers Going Grey, Magnormous and Miss Emily.

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