Woolamia Cup win part of treble for Bendigo picnic jockey Courtney Pace

BENDIGO picnic jockey Courtney Pace has ended an uncharacteristic run of outs in style by riding a treble at Saturday’s Woolamai Cup meeting.

Pace, who leads the jockeys premiership, had gone 28 starts without a winner before the Kelvin Southey-trained My Running Mate amended her record.

It was the first of two wins for the jockey and trainer, who followed up in the very next race with Lightning Tiara.

Pace made it three wins in consecutive races by piloting Riley’s Rocket to victory in the $5000 Woolamai Cup.

The Paul Kramer-trained gelding has been a model of consistency this picnic season, with two wins and two seconds from five starts since Boxing Day.

A six-year-old, Riley’s Rocket now has eight wins from 32 starts and will undoubtedly be targeted at future cups as the picnic season unfolds.

All six winners at Woolamai were ridden by female jockeys, with Pace scoring a treble and Debbie Waymouth, Laura Collins and Maddison Morris adding one each.

Pace’s 19 wins for the season gives her a lead of six over nearest rival and fellow Bendigo jockey Toby Lake, with Grant Seccombe third.

The picnic circuit heads to east Gippsland next Saturday for the $4500 Buchan Cup.