Blewitt on ‘a good chance’ in Yass Picnic Cup

Ricky Blewitt rode Ben Shoof to victory last start at Condobolin and the popular picnic hoop believes he has a few winning chances at Goulburn today. Photo: Racing Photography.

Popular picnic jockey, Ricky Blewitt, will travel to Goulburn today, with a full book of rides and a leading chance in the Yass Picnic Cup. 

The Narromine hoop jumps aboard the Garry Kirkup trained, Original Prankster, who steps down from recent TAB and country class racing for this to $5,000 feature event over the 1400m. 

“He is definitely a good chance, I’ve rode him in a few sprint races, but Gary wanted to see if he will get out over 1400m,” Blewitt said. 

“I can’t see why he wouldn’t be there today, and he should be right in it.”

Blewitt, who is synonymous with picnic racing, put a lean trot behind him last week when winning aboard Ben Shoof at Condobolin picnics.

“I hadn’t ridden a winner since Cobar when I road three,” Blewitt said.

“(The right horse) plays a big part, I’ve sort of just stuck with the trainers I have been sticking with and it’s been good, and we should have a good day today.”

In fact, Blewitt believed he had a good book of rides today and hoped to help Darryl Rolfe to a winner or two when jumping aboard Waldo Waldorf in the 1100m Open Trophy Handicap and Bro in the 1200m Class B Handicap.

“Waldo Waldorf is a good chance, it was a good run the other day over 800m and the extra furlong and a half today will help, and he will appreciate it,” Blewitt said. 

“Both of Darryl’s should go well and Original Prankster will be hard to beat.”

Unfortunately, with the impacts of Covid-19 still lingering, the Yass Picnic Race Club couldn’t hold their annual meeting, which is why the six-race-program is being held at Goulburn Race Club

For a picnic hoop like Blewitt, he hasn’t minded the recent racing on TAB tracks though, and he believed today’s fields were strong considering the late notice regarding the change of locations.  

“The fields held up pretty well, it should be good racing,” Blewitt said. 

“We have been pretty lucky since Covid, Forbes have put a picnic on, and we have ridden at a few professional tracks and it does make a difference.”

Today’s Yass Picnic Cup meeting at Goulburn is solid six-race-program, with the first event jumping at 1.05pm.