Blewitt lands treble and Bedgerabong-Tottenham Cup double

A large crowd greeted Ricky Blewitt after winning the 2024 Tottenham Cup on the Clint Lundholm-trained Tupou. Image: Racing Photography.

Popular picnic jockey and champion bloke Ricky Blewitt isn’t one to clammer for attention, but he was undoubtedly in the spotlight at Tottenham on Saturday. 

On a massive day for the Narromine-based hoop, he won the Tottenham Cup, booted home a treble, and even won a race for his better half and her father. 

“Tottenham has been a good track to me, and I’ve had a fair bit of luck there over the years,” Blewitt said. 

“There was a chance we wouldn’t race because they had 10mm of rain two days before, and because the track is life concrete, the stewards were a bit worried.

“The stewards said they would make a call, and when we got there, we went for a walk around, and if anything, it was a good thing they did get a bit of rain because the water had soaked in.

“They were able to get their toe into it; otherwise, it would have been rock hard, and it turned out to be a good day.”

The feature of the program was the $10,000 Tottenham Picnic Cup, where Blewitt lined up on last-start Bedgerabong Cup winner Tupou for the Clint Lundholm stable.

The pair backed up their thrilling Bedgerabong Cup win with another exhilarating result at Tottenham, with Tupou ($6) winning by a neck from the Connie Greig-trained Linden Tree (Grade Spokes, $2.60), while a half-length away in third was the Wayne Collison-trained Planet Ex (Eloise Drews, $4.40). 

“He’s a nice animal and travelled sensationally behind them,” Blewitt said. 

“Todd Smith, who manages Clint’s stable, was there, and he pretty much said to me, if nothing wants to take it up, try to be handy. 

“Not too many horses were making up ground, and I just followed Outback Cod and then got shuffled back a bit when Planet Ex crossed in front of me, and we went back to second or third last.

“We then stuck to the inside, and everything else fanned, and I was able to go straight up the inside, and it was a good win.”

The victory takes the Dubbo galloper to 20 points on the 2023/24 NSW Picnic Champion Series, making him one of the leading contenders ahead of the $50,000 final at Coonamble on October 19.

“He actually does give me a good feel,” Blewitt said. 

“He carried 70kg with no issues, and he gave me the feel of being a good NSW Picnic Champion Series horse, and he’ll only carry 65kg in the final.”

Earlier on the program, Blewitt scored a win for his father-in-law, Wayne Collison, riding Luckyimwithaimee ($2.30) to a half-length victory in the 800m Class Three Trophy Handicap. 

“It was definitely good to win for Wayne,” Blewitt said. 

“Over 900m, I would have been really confident, but over 800m, with the track being the way it was and everyone staying off the fence, we were able to take advantage. 

“We drew (barrier) one, and she jumped with them and didn’t have the toe to go with them early, and by the time she got to the 400m, she had mustered up and was just inside the leader and coming to the turn, I knew they wouldn’t get to her then.” 

Capping off a stellar day for Blewitt, he won the last on the card, teaming up with his partner, Kylie Kennedy, riding Ready For Lift Off ($4.20) to victory in the 1400m Class B Handicap. 

It was a memorable win for connections, with the four-year-old proving to be a work in progress. 

“He’s not a nice horse to ride, and Wayne had him before Kylie, and when Wayne got hurt, he came down here,” Blewitt said. 

“Wayne never rode him much and mainly put him on the treadmill, and he wasn’t nice to ride when he got here, and it took a fair bit to get him going.

“He’s turned the corner, and at his first start for Kylie, he won at Warren, and his last couple of runs have been okay on tracks that didn’t suit him.

“Yesterday, he drew the outside, and it was a tough win for him with how much work he had to do early to get across, and he led and got taken on twice but kept on fighting.”

Despite some rain about in the lead-up to Saturday, it was a good day’s racing at Tottenham.

Leeton-based amateur Breanna Bourke teamed up with Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb to win the 1000m Maiden Plate on Oh No Devon ($8).

Taking the trainer honours was Dubbo trainer Connie Greig, who scored a Tottenham double. 

Teaming up with Izzy Neale, who won her second career race, the pair triumphed in the 1000m Open Trophy Handicap with the remarkable Billy Bent Ear ($2.70).

It was the 11-year-old’s 145th start, 18th victory, and 58th top-three finish as he took his earnings to over $265,000. 

Greig won her second race with Grady Spokes, with Pahang ($6) winning by a neck in the 1200m Class Two Trophy Handicap. 

It was good to see Spokes back in the winner circle, with his most recent victory at Cobar in September 2023. 

NSW Picnic Racing action heads back into the South East on Saturday, with the annual Funny Hill Cup to be hosted in Crookwell. 

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