Breanna Bourke and Leandro Ribeiro sweep Queanbeyan picnics

Breanna Bourke brought up three winners at Queanbeyan on Saturday. Photo: Lance Fearne.

Amateur jockeys Breanna Bourke and Leandro Ribeiro enjoyed a day to remember at Queanbeyan on Saturday, with the pair combining to ride every winner on the six-race-card. 

In fact, the duo quinellad the first three races and while Ribeiro dominating the picnic circuit isn’t an anomaly, for Bourke, she was just happy to get some good opportunities in the saddle. 

“It was a really good day. I don’t get to ride at all the meetings, but it’s more because I don’t get the rides, but I am willing to travel if I can get the rides,” Bourke said.

The Leeton product hadn’t raced since travelling to Dubbo for the NSW Picnic Champion Series final in late October, and prior to the final, she had last ridden at Wean in July.  

Bourke did miss out on good chances at picnic meetings closer to home, with Crookwell, Lockhart, Young, and Harden all washed-out this year, but when given the chance to ride for Kevin and Becky Byrne, who combined to train three winners on the program, Bourke couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“I was meant to ride for Becky at the two washed-out meetings earlier this year, and she was the first one I rang when the fields came out,” Bourke said. 

“It was a great day for Kevin and Becky; they were super excited, and I think it was Becky’s first winner since she moved to Queanbeyan, and that was a little bit special as well.”

In the second event on the program, Bourke came out in the 1200m Class B Handicap and won on the Becky Byrne-trained Epimetheus ($3) when just getting home ahead of the Sarah Murray-Leslie-trained Magic Stratagems (Ribeiro, $2) by 0.12 of a length, while in third and 2.8 lengths away in third was the Georgie Boucher-trained Low Altitude (Waters, $5). 

Bourke made it a race-to-race double in the 1200m Open Trophy Handicap when winning on the Kevin Byrne-trained Force Awakens ($6), beating the Darryl Rolfe-trained Waldo Waldorf (Ribeiro, $3.40) by 2.59 lengths, while in third was the Joe Cleary-trained Choccy Gaf (Ricky Blewitt, $2).

In the final race on the card, Bourke brought up her treble and a winning-treble for the Byrne family when guiding the Becky Byrne-trained Maid A Quid to victory in the 1000m Class One Trophy Handicap, beating the David Kelley-trained Fountain Of Youth (Michael Wade, $2.40) in second and the Dean Mirfin-trained Island Rock (Ribeiro, $1.50) in third. 

“It’s funny because the day before I jokingly said to someone that I would ride three, and I guess you could say I was a little bit confident, but to actually come out and get three winners was pretty good,” Bourke said. 

Saturday’s picnic meeting at Queanbeyan was a pop-up program added to the Racing NSW calendar due to the recent spate of washed-out picnic meetings across the state, and Bourke was grateful to be back at the races.   

“I had never been to Queanbeyan before, and I only knew what people had told me before going there on Saturday,” Bourke said. 

“It was a very firm surface, and with all my rides, I was lucky enough to be leading or sitting outside of the leader. 

“I don’t think the track was leader-biased, but it was fast, and I know we all really appreciated them putting on the extra meeting and it was good to be back on a dry track.”

The 30-year-old amateur will be off to Cobar on December 10, and she has already landed a full book of rides as she looks to continue her strong start to the 2022/23 season. 

In other results on the Queanbeyan program, Ribeiro guided the Joe Cleary-trained Big Baz ($1.40) to victory in the 1200m Maiden Plate, with the Queanbeyan galloper winning by more than five lengths, beating the Kevin Byrne-trained Rager (Bourke, $3.80) in second and the Scott Spackman-trained Yet Tobe A Cod (Emily Waters, $3.40).

Ribeiro then brought up his double and treble in back-to-back races.

Firstly, he won the 1600m Class B Handicap on the Claire Lever-trained Gingembre ($2.20), beating the Joe Cleary-trained Old Newmarket (Waters, $2) in second and Allan McRae-trained Pre Eminent (Ricky Blewitt, $2.10).

The Brazilian hoop then won aboard the John Rolfe-trained The Fancyjonesgirl ($2.30) in the 1460m Open Trophy Handicap, beating the Darryl Rolfe-trained Final Showdown (Blewitt, $2.30) in second and the Tom Wilson-trained Mogarto (Bourke, $3). 

For full results from Queanbeyan, click here