Wean Amateur Picnic Races: 'Excellent' nominations for annual Cup meeting

The annual  Wean Amateur Picnic Races will be staged on Saturday.
The annual Wean Amateur Picnic Races will be staged on Saturday.

The Wean Jockey Club has received “excellent” nominations for the 85th staging of the Wean Amateur Picnic Races on Saturday – now it hopes enough jockeys can be found.

“The biggest trouble we always have is [getting enough] jockeys,” WJC president Les Alker said.

The five-race non-TAB meeting features the $4000 Wean Picnic Cup (1600m), with 27 acceptors in total for the meeting.

The Peter Sinclair-trained Track Flash is the top weight (69 kilograms) for the Cup. 

The six-year-old bay gelding, to be ridden by Ricky Blewitt, has drawn barrier seven. 

The horse has nine wins from 36 starts and more than $54,000 in prizemoney.

The Gavin Groth-trained About Time and the Geoff O’Brien-trained Rena’s Lad are among the eight nominations for the race.

Alker said the black-soil track was very firm.

He said: “Racing Australia rang me this morning [Thursday] for a track report, and I said ‘What’s the fastest one you’ve got?’ They said ‘Firm one’. And I said ‘That’s it.’”