Prest and Kirby dominate at Bligh Picnics

Debbie Prest and Leandro Ribeiro combined for a winning double at Bligh Picnics on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photography.

Forbes trainer Peter Kirby and his partner Debbie Prest, who hold individual trainers licences, won three of the six races on Saturday at the Bligh Picnics held at Mudgee.

Kirby won the Bligh Picnic Cup with Broo Boss while Prest had a double with Watermelon Wine and Direct To Space.

A runaway winner the previous Sunday at Gulgong, Broo Boss was ridden a daring race in the 1850 metres Cup at Bligh by Narromine jockey Ricky Blewitt.

Five lengths behind the leaders Would Be King and Equilibrium at the midway point, Broo Boss was sent around the field leaving the back to establish a commanding break.

Down the long home straight, Broo Boss (Ricky Blewitt, $2.60 equal favourite) held on grimly to beat the other equal favourite Pop Power (Will Stanley) by a short neck with Would Be King (Anaelle Gangotena, $5) finishing third.

Both of the Debbie Prest trained winners Watermelon Wine and Direct To Space were sired by Wilful Default which is a half brother to sprinting legend Takeover Target.

Wilful Default now stands at stud at the property owned by Debbie Prest and Peter Kirby.

Direct To Space (Leandro Ribeiro, $5) in the closing stages of the 1000 metres Maiden Plate ran down the Peter Kirby trained Red Card Rosie (Ricky Blewitt, $8) to win by a short half head with Ober Purkla (Anaelle Gangotena, $1.80) in third place.

Fell’s Hero led for home in the 1100 metres Class B Handicap before Watermelon Wine (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.20 favourite) finished well to account for Keep No Secrets (Ricky Blewitt, $4) and Sassy Sarah ($11).

In the opening race the 900m Inglis Rural Property Havilah Open Trophy Handicap, the Dean Mirfin, Bathurst trained Kimmylee (Wayne Wheatley, $1.80 fav.) finished strongly to score by two lengths from the leader Nicka Narcells (Will Stanley, $8) and Scruff’s Magic (Leandro Ribeiro, $15).

Canberra trainer Doug Gorrel and jockey Anaelle Gangotena combined for a winning double with Sestina winning the 1000 metres Open Trophy Handicap and Georgian Court winning the 1400 metres Open Trophy Handicap.

Sestina ($2 fav.) held off the strong finishing Billy Bent Ear (Leandro Ribeiro, $6) and the leader Japingka (Ricky Blewitt, $4.60), while Georgian Court ($1.80 fav.) after a stride for stride battle beat Neon Moon (Ricky Blewitt, $4) by a short half head with Bella (Leandro Ribeiro, $10) nearly two lengths away third.