Darryl Rolfe sets trio for Yass assault

Darryl Rolfe believes Hamish The Swift can run a big race in Saturday’s Yass Picnic Cup. Photo: Lance Fearne.

Darryl Rolfe doesn’t mind racing at the picnics, and the Canberra trainer has planned a calculated assault on Saturday’s meeting at Yass

Rolfe will have Hamish The Swift contesting the 1350m Yass Cup, while Guiltless will take on the 900m Class Three Trophy Handicap, and Waldo Waldorf will be one of the major players in 1100m Open Trophy Handicap. 

“I think the three of them can go close to winning if she (Kate Petersen) rides them good,” Rolfe said. 

“Hamish The Swift ran fourth in the Braidwood Cup last year, and he won there this year, and he is going well enough, and he gets in at 59kg after the claim. 

“Guiltless is a front-runner and a really fast horse, and Waldo Waldorf ran into a bit of trouble last start but he can run a good race too.”

Petersen, who made a winning debut at Cobar in December of last year, is still learning her craft, and has only raced 11 times, and Rolfe explained that he put her on because of her trial form for the stable. 

“She rode a good trial on Waldo Waldorf, and that is the main reason I put her on, and we’ll see how she goes,” Rolfe said. 

The Canberra conditioner hopes the trio can live up to expectations, as he has set the three of them for a variety of upcoming picnic race dates. 

“All of them have purely had recent runs to be 100% ready for this meeting,” Rolfe said. 

“I’ve been setting them for Yass, Crookwell, and Ardlethan.”

The experienced trainer knows how to win a Yass Cup, and he touched on what kind of horse you need to get the job done. 

“I rode a Yass Cup, and I trained a couple years ago,” Rolfe said.

“At Yass, you need to have something that can be on the pace and can go down the hill, just like a Queanbeyan horse.”

Hamish The Swift does appear to be a live chance in the Yass Picnic Cup after a good win at Braidwood earlier this month, but Rolfe believes another Canberra horse is the one to beat. 

“The only thing that will beat him is that he has drawn barrier seven, and it will come down to whether she (Petersen) is experienced enough to get him out and across,” Rolfe said. 

“Madison Point (for Rob Potter) is a good picnic horse, and he will start odds-on favourite, but we hope to roll him, and we’ll see how we go.”

While the fields aren’t huge at Yass, there is set to be some very competitive racing across the six-race picnic card.

It shapes to be a good day too, with the club working overtime to make the meeting a big hit both on and off the track, and readers can click here to read more about the entertainment.

Jockeys will be getting a $200 travel allowance, along with unplaced horses winning a bag of feed, and there will also be a trainer’s lucky door prize. 

There will be a most outstanding ride sponsored by McRae Racing for the best ride of the day and all winning owners will be invited to join the members marquee for a celebratory drink.

For more info on the race day click here and for fields click here