The 122nd Yass Picnic Races were held at the Marchmont Racecourse on Saturday, in what was a terrific community event, with even better weather. 

Six horse races were run on the day, as well as a spectacular Fashions on the Field contest, but the overall winner on the day were the racegoers, with young and old all getting into the festivities. 

Yass picnic races Madison Point with Jockey Ricky Blewitt crossing the line in first position in the Yass Picnic Cup

President of the Yass Picnic Race Club Committee, Sam Longmore, spoke to The Times about the event and how well the community supported it by showing up in their numbers. 

Yass Picnic Race Club President Sam Longmore

“It was absolutely amazing. There’s been rave reviews that have gotten back to the committee since the day, which is really lovely,” Longmore said.

“We had a huge turnout and the weather was very good to us. The horses ran well, and everyone was safe.

Yass Picnic Races Best Dressed Lady Sally Martin

“All of our changes were taken on very positively. We were a little bit worried how they would be received with moving members areas and changing things up a little bit, but it works well.”

Yass Picnic Races-Best Dressed Lady Runner Up Tess Matthew

Longmore estimates that there were between 1500-2000 racegoers on Saturday, but a more accurate attendance will be known once they tally up the ticket sales.

“We’ve had a few people contact us, some of the jockeys too, and let us know that it was probably one of the biggest Yass Picnic Race meets that they’ve been to in many years, which is a nice comment to get after all the hard work the committee put into it.”

Breanna Bourke on Rock ‘N’ Tori after winning Race 3

Longmore said her highlight of the day was how smoothly the event ran from start to finish.

“The day ran really nicely. We didn’t just have the horse races, but the Fashions on the Field and the Footrace in between, it all ran so smoothly. Everyone just got around it and enjoyed themselves.”

The annual Yass Picnic Races will once again be held again next year, with many in the community already looking forward to it.

Yass picnic races -Best Dressed Loca Bec McRae

“The plans for us moving forward is about the continued growth of the committee, we’re hoping to get some fresh blood on the committee to continue these changes. 

“We want to invest in new methods to execute things a little more smoothly like we did with our online revenue this year. 

“Hopefully we can grow the committee after such a successful race meet this year and get some new interest and new blood on the committee to help it move forward. Everyone will have their time, we’ve got to keep it growing.

Yass Picnic Races-Best Dressed Junior Boy  Dhu Martin

Longmore also wanted to thank the community for generously supporting the Picnic Races and allowing the event to happen. 

“Events like this don’t happen without the community support and without the support of our sponsors and all of their incredible businesses.

Yass Picnic Races John Hooke, Kyle McGrath, Matthew Young, Chris Young, Brooke Young and Maddy Winter

“Whether they lent some of their time like the Rotary and the PA system and Barry O’Mara with his satellite and setting up our power.

“Also, all of our big-time sponsors like Agnews, Hamilton Rise and all our other major race day sponsors, it would not happen without them and their financial support. 

“Our farrier Andrew Smith spent all of his time running back and forth from the stables and down the track, and the guys who move the barriers all make the day move forward. 

“Last but not least, our committee. Our committee put so much effort into the race day this year to make it happen beautifully. It all came together but it wouldn’t have happened without all of them.

“Yass is such a giving community. Lots of events in Yass get lots of community support. There’s not really too many words that can express how grateful and thankful we are.”

Yass Picnic Races- Best Dressed Junior Girl Phoenix Warburton

Race Winners:

Race 1: Australian Hotel/Terry Bros Carpet Court Maiden Plate (900 Metres): Coupla Days (1) – Trainer: R Weston and J Nisbet, Jockey: Ricky Blewitt

Race 2: Agnew Hire Maiden Plate (1200 Metres): Her Call (4) – Trainer: Peter Kirby, Jockey: Emily Waters

Race 3: Michael Abbey Memorial Robertsons Yass (1200 Metres): Rock ‘N’ Tori (5) – Trainer: Lauren Davies, Jockey: Breanna Bourke

Race 4: Elders Yass – EJ Merriman Ravensworth Cup (1350 Metres): Madison Point (1) – Trainer: Rob Potter, Jockey: Ricky Blewitt  

Race 5: Hamilton Rise Class 3 Trophy Handicap (900 Metres): Lucky Champion (5) – Trainer: John Rolfe, Jockey: Ricky Blewitt

Race 6: Yarrah/Waldren Constructions Yass Valley Solar Trophy Handicap (1100 Metres): Las Vegas Girl (1) – Trainer: W Ganderton, Jockey: Leandro Ribeiro 

Yass Picnic Races-Best Dressed Gent Charlie Hyles

Fashions on the Field Winners:

Best Dressed Lady: Sally Martin

Best Dressed Lady Runner-Up: Tess Matthew

Best Dressed Gent: Charlie Hyles

Best Dressed Gent Runner-Up: Mark Norton

Yass Picnic Races-Best Dressed Gent Runner Up Mark Norton

Best Dressed Junior Girl: Phoenix Warburton

Best Dressed Junior Boy: Dhu Martin

Best Dressed Local: Bec McRae

Best Dressed Couple: Sally Martin and Trevor Martin

Best Millinery: Susan Gavin

Yass Picnic Races- Best Millinery  Susan Gavin

Award Winners:

Most Successful Trainer ($500 donated by Ledgworth): John Rolfe

Most Successful Jockey ($500 donated by RH and PA Connell): Ricky Blewitt

Most Outstanding Ride of the Day (Sponsored by the McRae’s): Breanna Bourke

Lucky Draw Prize: Sarah Murray-Leslie

Tim Warren