Boucher searching for more picnic success at Boorowa

The Georgie Boucher-trained Gwennybegg will take on Saturday’s Boorowa Picnic Cup.

Jindabyne trainer Georgie Boucher will look to finish her 2022/23 season on a high at Boorowa on Saturday. 

Based in the Snowy Mountains, Boucher works as a postie, and according to her, ‘everyone needs a break’ as the ski season fast approaches.

It means her much-loved horses will enjoy some time in the paddock while she takes time off before coming back home and working hard, delivering all the seasonal workers and visitors their mail and packages. 

Before a well-earned break, Boucher will have consistent mare Gwennybegg contesting Saturday’s Dunk Insurance Boorowa Picnic Cup (1700m). 

The seven-year-old first made her mark in Southern NSW, winning the 2022 Tumut Mile during a good three-win run at Tumut and Wagga.

This time in, Boucher headed south and entered her mare in Victorian picnic events. 

Gwennybegg rediscovered that excellent form, finishing third in the Buchan Pub Cup (1800m) in February before stringing together three consecutive wins. 

The Shamus Award mare won the 1600m Open Trophy Race at Hinnomunjie early last month before backing up and winning the Healesville Cup (1650m) when dead-heating with the Mal Watts-trained See It All.

Then in a memorable win for the Swifts Creek product, Boucher won the Tambo Valley Cup (1600m).

“Swifts Creek meant the most to me; that’s where I was born and grew up,” Boucher said. 

“I always wanted to win the Tambo Valley Cup, and I am pretty sure it is one of the only privately owned race tracks in Australia, so it was a very special race to win.”

Last Friday night, Gwennybegg contested the $25,000 Victorian Picnic Grand Final at Cranbourne, and things didn’t go to plan as she finished sixth when beaten 5.1 lengths in the 1600m picnic-only feature. 

Boucher is still determining whether Gwennybegg has another good run left in her this preparation, but she is happy to find out at Boorowa. 

“I don’t know if she has come to the end of her prep or if it was the lights, shifty sandy surface at Cranbourne, the long trip, or a combination of all those things,” Boucher said.

“She is still a raving lunatic, and she’s bucking, farting and squealing, and Kevin (Byrne) is going, and I thought, we may as well all go together.”

Gwennybegg will have to do it the hard way after being allotted 73kg in the $10,000 Picnic Cup, but Todd Bailey hops on board for the claim, and Boucher hopes to deliver the young jockey his first winner. 

“Todd Bailey is going to ride her; we’ve been friends with Todd forever, and I gave Todd his last trial on old Abington Threat to get his picnic licence,” Boucher said.

“I’d love Todd to get his first win on Gwennybegg. I’ve known him since he was a young kid, and she gets three kilos off, but it’s still an awful lot to carry, even if it is at the picnics.”

The Boorowa Picnic Cup is a good little race on paper, with recent Leeton Cup winner Garros (Shaun Cooper) shaping as the horses to beat from the Andrew Dale yard, while the Peter Kirby-trained Broo Boss (Tamsin Gough), which won the Tullibigeal Picnic Cup two starts back, loves racing at this distance.

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