Celebrating the stars of the 2015-16 Picnic season

The Victorian Picnic Racing Awards celebrates the stars of the 2015-16 season and gives the picnic racing community a chance to let their hair down in the off season.

Photos courtesy of PicnicBet.com.

2015/16 Picnic Horse of the Year won by Freshwater Reset trained by Kevin Carrolan.

Kevin Carrolan with Freshwater Reset’s award and rug for horse of the year

 

2015/16 Leading Rider – Picnic Jockey of the Year won by Reece Goodwin.

The jockeys’ premiership wasn’t concluded until the season finale at Woolamai when Reece Goodwin and Courtney Pace battled it out in spectacular fashion.

The leading pair won five out of the seven races on the card between them. A treble for Reece saw him finish just two wins ahead of rival Courtney and reverse their 2014-15 positions.

Toby Lake accepted the award on behalf of his friend Reece Goodwin.
Toby Lake accepted the Leading Rider award from Adam Bodey on behalf of his friend Reece Goodwin

 

2015 / 16 Leading Rider, Runner Up won by Courtney Pace.

Courtney Pace with her award
Courtney Pace with her award

 

2015/16 Picnic Trainer of the Year won by Barry Goodwin.

Unfortunately Barry and Reece Goodwin weren’t able to attend the awards due to pre-arranged holidays.

Ray Douglas accepted the award on behalf of Barry Goodwin
Ray Douglas accepted the award on behalf of Barry Goodwin

 

2015/16 ‘Neville & Bev Seymour’ Club Award (one meeting) won by Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club.

The award is based on the same criteria as Picnic Race Club of the Year, but only Clubs that hold one meeting per season are eligible.

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Buchan & Gelantipy Racing Club accept the award for their February Cup meeting

 

2015/16 ‘David Bourke’ Major Picnic Race Club of the Year won by Balnarring Picnic Racing Club.

The award is based on submissions from Picnic Clubs, selected on a set criteria that includes marketing, initiatives, local community involvement, improvements to racing facilities and membership growth.

The Balnarring team celebrate their award win
The Balnarring team celebrate their award win

 

2015/16 ‘Dennis Foy Memorial’ Up & Coming Picnic Rider Award won by Max Keenan.

The award is based on votes cast by fellow Senior Picnic Riders.

Max Keenan accepting his award
Max Keenan accepting his award
Max Keenan celebrates with fellow jockeys Grant Seccombe and Toby Lake
Celebrating with fellow jockeys Grant Seccombe and Toby Lake

 

2015/16 ‘Barry Ryan Memorial’ Award won by Reece Goodwin.

The award is based on votes cast by Racing Victoria stewards at every picnic meeting on a 3,2,1 basis. Votes are determined by the best riding performance of the day, recognizing the skill and horsemanship of the rider regardless of the final placing.

Toby Lake again accepts the award on behalf of Reece Goodwin
Toby Lake again accepts the award on behalf of Reece Goodwin

 

Photos courtesy of PicnicBet.com.

 

Suzanne Newman

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