Turramurra to make picnic debut

Turramurra will make her debut on the picnic racing scene when racing at Geurie on Saturday.

The Ian Holland trained Turramurra will step out at the picnics for the first time at Geurie Picnic Race Club on Saturday when contesting the friends and family of the late Bernie Wilkins Trophy race.
The six-year-old, who is a winner of three races from 23 starts, has been in solid form this preparation, winning at Dubbo Turf Club on November 5.
The Al Maher mare also finished fourth twice at Racing Orange and Gilgandra Jockey Club and ran a third at Warren Jockey Club.
The Coonamble runner draws gate three in the 1400m-feature event and has been treated well in the weights, allotted only 62kgs by the handicapper. 
Stable foreman and track work rider Ashley Holland explained why Turramurra was heading to the picnics. 
“We are just trying to get a run for her; we have been struggling to get a start and she hasn’t raced since she finished fourth in the Gilgandra Cup,” she said.
Holland was confident of a forward showing and suggested a good result might mean a few more visits to the picnics. 
“She is back to the 1400m and over this distance, she should go really well,” she said. 
“She will jump well from the good gate and if he (Steven Kehoe) gives her a nice sit, she should come home really well and could be hard to beat.
“If she does well, we will probably go to the picnics again and start thinking about that (NSWPRA) picnic final; we have already started looking at Tottenham Picnic Races.”
Steven Kehoe is the lucky jockey who takes the ride and the young hoop is confident that Turramurra can give the race a genuine shake but acknowledged there would be some strong competition. 
“She has been running well and if she finds that winning form, she will be hard to beat,” he said. 
“I was pretty rapt to get the ride but I do know that those of Sharon Jeffries (Hokkaido) and Rodney Robb’s (Drummed Out and Star Express) are the ones to watch.
“Still, I’m pretty confident.”
Turramurra and the feature event on the card headline a great day of racing at Geurie Picnic Race Club, with 48 acceptors for what is a strong six-race-program. 
The first race is due to kick off at 1pm and there is plenty on offer with entertainment, local and metro bookies, fashions on the field and full bar and kiosk services.