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 trophy from Richard Anderson.

Grant Seccombe has just returned from a well-deserved family holiday in New South Wales. He’s still buzzing: ‘Winning the Cranbourne race felt really good. I didn’t get to ride a winner at the Professionals as an Apprentice so it made the win on Pirolo all the more special’.

‘It was also really good for Leigh to get his first win at a Professional track.

‘Coming into the season I hadn’t ridden a winner for my father in law. Earlier I got off Pirolo then he won, in the end I had three wins for Leigh this season.’

Pirolo went on to win again yesterday at Moe under Dale Smith giving Leighton Colgrave his first Professional win as a trainer. Congratulations to all on such a great result.

‘To get the Picnics on TV is really great exposure for us. I really hope that the Picnics get a series at Cranbourne next season – races between 1,200m to a mile would be ideal.

‘It’s such a great initiative for us Picnic jockeys, not only do we get to ride at a Professional track, we also get to work alongside top jockeys. It’s great to be able to ask their advice in the jockey room’.

Grant Seccombe is a big supporter of the Picnic showcase races run at Cranbourne.

Ben Sporle in action captured by
Ben Sporle in action captured by

Ben Sporle, caller of the  Victorian Picnic 15/16 Grand Final,  agrees with Grant wholeheartedly:

‘The concept is a great initiative. It gives myself and other jockeys the chance to perform on a big stage.’

The race call was the biggest of Ben’s career as a racecaller to date, it was widely felt that he did a fantastic job.

‘I’m grateful for the opportunity and grabbed hold of it with both hands. I hope that there will be more like it in future’, said Ben.


Photos by kind permission of

Suzanne Newman

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