BENDIGO jockey Courtney Pace’s defence of her Victorian picnic jockeys’ premiership is off to a steady start.
Pace notched winners at Alexandra on Cox Plate day and Healesville on Victoria Derby to sit one win behind current leaders Reece Goodwin, Anita Bell and R Douglas.
The 27-year-old leads the point score on 16, five ahead of Goodwin and Grant Seccombe.
That tally is boosted by a high number of second (five) and thirds (six).
Fellow Bendigo hoops Craig Kirkpatrick and Toby Lake have a winner apiece.
Bendigo trainer Aileen Vanderfeen is on the board following the win of The Flying Sun at Mansfield on Melbourne Cup Day.
Pace claimed the jockeys’ premiership in 2016-17 with 47 wins, 13 clear of her nearest rival.
The picnic action heads to Balnarring this Saturday, where Pace has rides confirmed in five of six races.
Other meetings this month will be hosted at Yea (November 18) and Woolamai (November 23).