Mega D’Oro wins Balnarring Cup

Mega D’Oro won the Balnarring Cup in Quilly Park colours on Australia Day over 1,600m. He led the field of 10 all the way and won by half a length from Riley’s Rocket. It was a milestone achievement for trainers Clay Beasy and his grandfather Carlo Vidotto, made all the more exceptional by Clay riding the winner. Clay and I […] Continue Reading

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

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