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Stirring Finish To Saturday's Bedgerabong Picnic Cup

By Colin Hodges

Less than a length separated the first five placegetters during Saturday's thrilling finish to the 1400m Total Wear Solutions Australia Bedgerabong Picnic Cup.

A crowd of over 2,000 watched Mystic Flame setting the early pace with the eventual winner Tupou taking the lead when heads turned for home.

Tupou (Ricky Blewitt) narrowly wins the Bedgerabong Cup. Image by Janian McMillan (Racing Photography)

From the Dubbo stables of leading trainer Clint Lundholm, Tupou ($7), ridden a great race by Narromine-based Ricky Blewitt, held on to win in a photo finish from Linden Tree (Leandro Ribeiro, $5.50) which finished strongly on the outside with Red Impulse (Maddison Wright, $3.20) a close third.

Ricky Blewitt had earlier won the 800m Terry Bros. Carpet Court Forbes Class B Handicap on Warrior’s Spirit trained at Narromine by his partner Kylie Kennedy.

Leading throughout, Warrior’s Spirit ($3) won by almost two lengths from Hammoon Sunshine (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.20 favourite) and A Tender Lady (Dylan Parrott, $3).

Riding at her first meeting, Eloise Drews was very excited to win the feature sprint, the 800m Daniel Ball Transport Clearview Bracelet on outsider Japingka, trained at Dubbo by Janelle Galea.

A clear last early, Japingka ($9) burst through gaps and arrived in the last stride to beat the gallant veteran Billy Bent Ear (Leandro Ribeiro, $4.60) and So Extra (Ricky Blewitt, $2.60 fav).

Eloise Drews works for prominent Scone trainer Luke Pepper who as a jockey won the 2003 Bedgerabong Picnic Cup on Red And Black trained by Johnny Johnson for the late Norman Redfern.

Opening event, the 1100m Kevin Miller, Whitty, Lennon & Co Class 3 Trophy Handicap saw an all the way win by the Sharon Jeffries, Parkes-trained Sauce Dragon (Sebastian Galea, $2 fav) over Blackhill Kitty (Leandro Ribeiro, $3.80) and Better Judgement (Grady Spokes, $4.40).

Back riding again following maternity leave, former premiership winner Maddison Wright won the 1100m Local Business Houses Maiden Plate on the Rodney Robb, Nyngan-trained Chart Topper.

Last in the early stages, Chart Topper ($6.50) finished best to beat the leaders Whirled War (Leandro Ribeiro, $4.60) and Oh No Devon (Michael Gray, $10).

On a day which favoured the bookmakers, outsider Moneymademefamous won the final race, the 1400m Hutcheon & Pearce Class 1 Trophy Handicap.

Trained at Tumbarumba by Mount Waters and ridden by Breanna Bourke, Moneymademefamous ($6) wore down Pahang (Leandro Ribeiro, $1.80 fav) and early leader Are You Certain (Ricky Blewitt, $2.40).

The magnificent presentation of the the track and beautiful surrounds attracted huge praise with many rating Bedgerabong as TAB track standard.

Racing in the region is next at Condobolin picnics on Saturday and Dubbo (TAB) on Sunday.

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