Greig and Ribeiro weave their magic at Boorowa

Leandro Ribeiro (second from left) and Connie Greig (second from right) combined for a winning double and won the Boorowa Picnic Cup on Saturday.
Image: Boorowa Picnic Race Club.

Dubbo trainer Connie Greig and Muswellbrook-based jockey Leandro Ribeiro won yet another feature race when Valadyium won the 1700m Dunk Insurance Boorowa Picnic Cup on Saturday.

Namarari, which led when runner-up to Avalicious with Valadyium a length away from third in the Tomingley Picnic Cup last week, was again the leader at Boorowa.
Finishing well from midfield, Valadyium ($5) won by a length from Namarari (Zara Lewis, $7) with Ravalawa (Izzy Neale, $16) over two lengths away third.

Valadyium, a seven-year-old brown mare, has now won 12 races and been placed 17 times from 76 starts.

The first leg of a winning double for Connie Greig and Leandro Ribeiro was the very consistent Better Judgement in the 1000m Nutrien &  Bendigo Community Bank Class 2 Trophy Handicap.

A three-time winner and placed six times over the last nine starts, Better Judgement ($3.50) carried the 71.5kg top weight. After racing outside, the leader won by over three lengths from Uprise (Sebastian Galea, $6) and Unspoken Star (Dylan Parrott, $5).

Moruya trainer Natalie Jarvis also had a winning double, and both Champ Profond and Far Too Hot were very well ridden by Maddison Wright.

A winner by over eight lengths at Grenfell Picnics, Champ Profond ($2.20 favourite) again went to the front at Boorowa and safely held off Robran (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.60) and Spirited King (Ricky Blewitt, $3.60) in the 1300m Class B Handicap.

From midfield, Far Too Hot ($2.50 fav.) swooped on the outside in the 1200m Ranvet & Newhaven Park Picnic Sprint to score in a close finish from Oakeys Choice (Todd Bailey, $6) and Fantini (Dylan Parrott, $6).

Winless after 61 starts but placed 11 times, the six-year-old mare Red Card Rosie finally broke through to win the 1000m Maiden Plate for Forbes trainer Peter Kirby.

Leading for home, Red Card Rosie (Ricky Blewitt, $3.50) was overtaken but fought back to beat Denali Kai (Todd Bailey, $3.50) by a half-head with Kingzan (Tony Williams, $2.60 fav.) filling third place.

“Red Card Rosie is not very big but tries hard and usually runs an honest race whether it is at the Picnics or a TAB meeting”, commented Ricky Blewitt after the mare’s long-awaited win.

In the 1200m Maiden Plate, Brie Brie ($3.20) ridden by Sebastian Galea for Gundagai trainer David Blundell, raced off the pace and finished best to account for Fallan Eagle (Dylan Parrott, $5) and Gutbuster (Todd Bailey, $4.20).

Unfortunately, the Marthaguy Picnic Cup, held at Quambone, was meant to be run on Saturday but has been postponed until Junee.

On Sunday, Central Districts action heads to Mudgee, with the Gooree Cup headlining the program.