Ricky Blewitt reaffirmed his status as one of, if not the best picnic jockey in NSW on Saturday when booting home a winning-treble and a victory in the 2023 Yass Picnic Cup.
Blewitt won the feature race of the day when combining with Canberra trainer Rob Potter and the ever-faithful Madison Point to take out the 1350m Yass Cup.
It was an entertaining race, with Madison Point ($1.70) getting home by 0.32 of a length to beat the John Rolfe-trained George Two (Leandro Ribeiro, $9) in second, while 1.12 lengths back was the Mont Waters-trained Namarari (Emily Waters, $6) in third.
“We won pretty easy,” Blewitt said.
“The three girls (Emily Waters, Breanna Bourke, and Kate Petersen) went 100 miles an hour out in front, and Potts (Potter) didn’t want me to give him a big dig out, because he can over-race a bit.
“So, we just camped in behind them and absolutely cantered past them, and when he got to the front, he had a good look around at the big crowd, but he did it easy enough.”
Of his other winners, Blewitt easiest victory was on the Ron Weston and John Nisbet-trained Coupla Days, which started odds-on favourite in the 900m Maiden Plate.
“The gates opened, and they were cantering, and we just went to the front,” Blewitt said.
“He is a much better horse, and something to follow after the win, but I wasn’t going to get stuck behind them in a three-horse race, and he just led all the way, and he wouldn’t have blown a candle out when he pulled up.”
Blewitt also won on the John Rolfe-trained Lucky Champion ($3) in the 900m Class Three Trophy Handicap, which led all the way for another comfortable victory.
“That one actually surprised me a little bit,” Blewitt said.
“I was looking at its form, and I said, ‘oh god’, and I even said to Leandro, ‘it looks like we are going to run third and fourth in this race’, but my fella pinged the gates and we never looked like getting beat.
“He led comfortably, and I gave him a little squeeze and off he went for a good win, and it’s good because John said it has taken him 12 months to get him right because he has had some problems with his feet.”
A huge crowd was on course at Yass, and Blewitt said it was a good day for everyone involved.
“The track was perfect. I thought it would be a lot harder, but they were getting their toes into it and there was a good cover of grass on it,” Blewitt said.
“There was a big crowd, and it is good for the club too, as they haven’t had a meeting for a couple of years, and the crowd the last few times we have raced was a bit ordinary, but yesterday it was really big, and they did a great job.
Blewitt will back up at Tottenham on Saturday with a full book of rides.
Of the remaining winners at Yass, Emily Waters was back in the winner’s circle when combining with the Peter Kirby-trained Her Call ($2.60) in the three-horse 1200m Maiden Plate.
Breanna Bourke kept up her good recent form, this time combining with the Lauren Davies-trained Rock ‘N’ Tori ($8) to win the 1200m Class B Handicap.
In the final race on the program, NSW’s leading picnic hoop Leandro Ribeiro guided the Warren Ganderton-trained Las Vegas Girl ($3.40) to victory in the 1100m Open Trophy Handicap.
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