Brett Robb lands Warren feature-race double

Brett Robb trained the Cotton Cup trifecta at Warren on Sunday, with A Magic Zariz (red, blue and white silks) beating Great Buy (yellow and blue silks) and All Words (yellow and black silks). Photo: Racing Photography.

Brett Robb couldn’t have asked for a better day at the office on Sunday, with the Dubbo trainer landing a feature-race double after preparing three winners at Warren

In fact, Robb trifecta’d the $37,000 Cotton Cup, with veteran galloper A Magic Zariz (Shayleigh Ingelse, $8) proving too good for stablemates Great Buy (Michael Heagney, $4.80) and All Words (Grant Buckley, $7) in the 1600m Open Handicap. 

A Magic Zariz, which is a 10-year-old Zariz gelding out of A Magic Pick, never fails to deliver for connections, and has now won 15 times in 64 starts, earning almost $350,000 of prizemoney in the process. 

“I am very happy with the result. It’s hard to go and tip him because he is 10 years old, plus he had the extra weight, but I knew he’d run well, and he was just on today (Sunday) and he was never going to get beat from the 300m,” Robb said.

“He had the ears pinned back and the girl rode him a treat. She did exactly what she was told, and the old horse travelled for her.”

In the 1000m Warren Jockey Club Sprint, Morgenstern (Clayton Gallagher, $3) proved his worth against some handy open class gallopers. 

There was a quick tempo in the Open Handicap sprint, and the five-year-old defied the obvious bias towards the leaders when coming from well off the pace before getting the nose in front of the Cody Morgan-trained Seguso (Billy Cray, $3.40), while in third was the Gavin Groth-trained Jerle (Ken Dunbar, $26).

“He gave them a bit of a start, and was wide, but it was the same kind of run at Coonamble, and he was too strong and was able to run them down,” Robb said. 

“It was a good win, and he has ticked the open company box today and he did it in good style; I think he is going to be a really nice horse for us.” 

In fact, Robb is now eyeing a race in town for his More Than Ready gelding. 

“There is a 1300m Open Handicap at Narromine up next and then we will look at a mid-week race for him, and I certainly think he is up to it,” Robb said. 

Rounding out Robb’s winning treble was Winning Factor (Clayton Gallagher, $2.80), which won the 1400m Maiden Plate when beating the Karen Lunn-trained Edith’s Joy (Anna Roper, $4.60) in second and the Connie Greig-trained Camp Cove (Julia Presits, $6) in third. 

“She ran well, and I honestly thought she’d win by further, but she got the job done and now she will hopefully go on with it,” Robb said. 

In a good day for connections, Gallagher also finished with a treble of winners, with the leading country hoop teaming up with Wellington trainer Michael Mulholland to win the 1600m Class Two Handicap aboard Wunambal.

Robb said it was a good day’s racing at Warren, with trainers, owners and jockeys welcoming the warmer conditions and a genuine racing surface that ended up being upgraded to a good four by the last race. 

“It was a good day. Obviously, it was a bit leader-biased, but if the horse was good enough, they could run them down,” Robb said. 

“There was good grass cover, and the racing was as fair as you will get it at Warren and the club did a great job putting on the meeting.”

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