Thrilling finale puts Picnic racing centre stage

Richard Anderson was delighted to present the trophy for the Quilly Park Victorian Picnic 15/16 Grand Final to such a fantastic picnic racing family. Pirolo, trained by Leighton Colgrave, ridden by son in law Grant Seccombe and co-owned by Leighton’s brother was a popular winner of the Picnic Finale. The photo above shows Leighton Colgrove with Grant and Naomi Seccombe accepting the […] Continue Reading

Passion for Woolamai spans generations of Carmichaels

Robert Carmichael has been involved with Woolamai Picnic Race Club since the day he arrived home from boarding school in the 60s armed with his newly attained tractor driving licence and was asked by his dad to ‘go down to cut the track.’ Robert remembers the big, steel cables that were originally used as running rails. They were cast-off cables […] Continue Reading

‘You never know what’s around the corner’: Interview with Adam Bodey

Adam Bodey’s return to the saddle for the Quilly Park Balnarring Cup on Onya Keithy was a crowd-pleaser and a significant moment on a personal level for the jockey. The picnics’ legend who chalked up 14 consecutive jockey premiership wins has also been training horses for over 10 years clocking up some great results in the combined roles of trainer […] Continue Reading

Multi-talented Ben found his calling early

As a child Ben Sporle would ride his bike around Bendigo’s streets calling phantom races to the amusement of his friends and family. By 14 he had called his first greyhound trials at Bendigo. Ben’s family have a long-standing association with racing; his dad trained greyhounds, owned racehorses and used to call the odd race. Ben began calling the greyhound […] Continue Reading

Community couple at the heart of Dederang’s success

Bev Seymour and husband Neville have been involved with Dederang Picnic Races for 50 years. It all began when Neville’s father started taking him to working bees at the club. Neville and Bev got married in 1965 and over time Bev has become increasingly involved. Neville was club President for 21 years, despite handing over the reins to Maurice Goonan […] Continue Reading

Celebrate Australia Day at Balnarring Races

With just one week to go until Australia Day, preparations are well underway for the the Quilly Park Balnarring Cup meeting. With a full card of racing, entertainment for the kids, food stalls and plenty of space to picnic a day at Balnarring Races is a great way to celebrate Australia Day. There are 6 races in total, the feature race being the […] Continue Reading

‘This is the life for me’: Interview with Grant Seccombe

When Grant Seccombe started dating his now-wife Naomi aged 15 the course of his life changed forever. Naomi’s father is a part-time trainer and he introduced Grant to the world of racing. Grant became hooked and after leaving school in year 12, went on to become an apprentice Jockey with Chris Hyland in Cranbourne. 6 years later, Grant and Naomi […] Continue Reading

Interview with rising star Toby Lake

Toby Lake, 18, has grown up with horses, dad Steven Lake is a trainer and before that was a jockey. Toby went from Pony Club to working for Bendigo-based Shane Fliedner 4 years ago and while riding track work got ‘the bug’ for race riding. A career as a Professional jockey eluded Toby as he was too big to make […] Continue Reading

A natural born trainer: Rebecca Waymouth interview

Horses have been part of Rebecca Waymouth’s life since she was born and many of her close and extended family are part of Victoria’s racing community. The Waymouth family have kept horses at their Boneo stables on the Mornington Peninsula for 18 years after moving there from Balnarring. Rebecca started training as a hobby when she was 19 years old […] Continue Reading

Interview: Reece Goodwin’s season gets off to a flyer

When we interviewed Picnic jockey Reece Goodwin, 18, he was in good spirits. Not surprising given that he’s currently leading this season’s Premiership! Horses have been part of Reece’s life since he was born, he lives and works at Seymour with his dad, trainer Barry Goodwin. Was there ever any doubt in your mind that you would become a jockey? […] Continue Reading