Daniel Stanley’s Warrior eyes Nyngan-Tomingley Cup double

Bush Warrior, pictured here winning at Mungery last year, will take on the Nyngan Cup on Thursday ahead of the Tomingley Picnic Cup on Saturday. Image: Racing Photography.

Daniel Stanley will launch an audacious bid to win the Nyngan Cup and Tomingley Picnic Cup in the space of just three days with in-form galloper Bush Warrior.

Racing at Nyngan on Thursday, the five-year-old will take on their 1400m Anzac Day feature before being sent to Tomingley on Saturday for the 1500m Picnic Cup. 

Stanley said the right type of horse was needed to race and be competitive on the quick backup, and he believes Bush Warriors fits the bill.

“He’s a horse you can back up,” Stanley told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“He does it all the time, and there’s been a few times where I’ve raced him week after week.

“He’s an easy horse to train; you don’t have to work him very hard, and he’s a happy, sound horse that loves racing.”

While it’s not long between his races at Nyngan and Tomingley, Stanley said the horse’s health and wellbeing will be his top priority. 

“He’ll come home after Nyngan, and we’ll make sure he eats up. Nine times out of ten, he does after his races,” Stanley said. 

“Even when he went to Louth and back and won, he ate up everything that night and was bucking and carrying on the next day. 

“He thrives on racing, and so long as he’s sound and eats up, he’ll go to Tomingley.”

Stanley was bullish about his chances with Bush Warrior.

James Rogers will be in the saddle from gate two at Nyngan as the pair take on the six-horse field in the $16,000 feature. 

If anything, it looks like a more challenging race on paper at Tomingley, with eight chances to go around, but Bush Warrior has again drawn well with gate two, and regular picnic hoop Sebastian Galea jumps aboard in the $9,000 feature.

“I think he can pull off both,” Stanley said. 

“If the horse relaxes in the early stages of both races and runs home the last 600m as he can, he can win both races. 

“We’ve just got to get him to settle, which can be the hardest thing with him over these longer races.”

A three-time winner, the Choisir gelding finished an unlucky second in the Grenfell Picnic Cup on April 13, getting home strongly behind eventual winner Valadyium.

Ridden by Galea, Stanley said the young jockey would give Bush Warrior every chance at Tomingley. 

“Leo (Ribeiro) got the jump on Bashy (Sebastian Galea) at Grenfell, and then Bashy had to hold up for a few strides, and if he went with him, he probably wins,” Stanley said. 

“The funny thing is, Bashy’s won two on Bush Warrior, and he does an outstanding job getting the horse to settle in the race.

“He’s been a big key to his wins, and he’ll give him a good go at Tomingley.” 

Stanley is setting Bush Warrior for the $50,000 Picnic Champion Series final at Coonamble on October 19, so a good result at Tomingley will help their cause.

Currently, the Wellington-trained galloper is on 19 points and in 13th position and needs to make the top 12 to qualify for the rich final.

“I’m setting him for the Picnic Champion Series,” Stanley said. 

“I just want to keep him in there and earn points. We’ll still race him at the TAB and non-TAB races, but I want to ensure he gets a final run. 

“By that time, he’ll be perfect for that race and ready to go.”

Stanley could be in for two big days at Nyngan and Tomingley. 

On Thursday, Lemoni looks a massive chance in the 900m Maiden Plate, with Stanley hopeful the six-year-old delivers apprentice Hannah Johnston her first career victory. 

The stable also has Scruff’s Magic in at both meetings, with James Rogers riding her in the 1200m Benchmark 45 Handicap at Nyngan and Izzy Neale jumping aboard her in the 1500m Class B Handicap at Tomingley.