John Wilson and Ricky Blewitt land Cobar doubles

John Wilson and Ricky Blewitt both rode winning doubles at Saturday’s Cobar Miner Races Club picnic meeting. Photos: Racing Photography.

It was an entertaining day of picnic racing at Cobar Miners Race Club on Saturday, with a six-race pop-up program attracting a decent crowd in the lead-up to Christmas.

The fields weren’t huge, and veteran hoops Ricky Blewitt and John Wilson dominated proceedings, with each jockey landing a winning-double. 

Blewitt’s first winner was aboard the Peter Kirby-trained Bella Days ($1.60) in the 1200m Class B Handicap, and he made it a running double in the 1370m Class B Handicap when winning aboard the Benno Bowen-trained Dutton Ranch ($2.80). 

Wilson combined with Dubbo trainer Connie Greig for his double, firstly booting home Celtic Harp ($2.80) to victory in the 1000m Class One Handicap, while his second winner was on Inzaghi in the 1370m Open Trophy Handicap.

In a big day for debutant Kate Petersen, her first race ride resulted in a winner. 

Riding in the first race, the 1000m Open Trophy Handicap, Petersen guided the Allan Prisk-trained Jawsome ($2) to victory. 

Breanna Bourke, who was fresh off riding a treble at Queanbeyan, wasn’t going to be left out of the action, and she won the 1200m Maiden Plate on Ice Kitten ($7), delivering Cunnamulla trainer Benno Bowen a winning double of his own. 

With the annual Macquarie Picnic Race Club December picnic meeting abandoned, it means picnic racing in NSW goes into recess until February, with Bedgerabong the next cab off the rank when racing on February 11.  

Readers can click here for full results from Cobar, and for the NSW picnic racing calendar, readers can click here.