Drummed Out tops Picnic Champion Series list

The Peter Reynolds trained Drummed Out finished the NSW Picnic Racing Association season on top of the Picnic Champion Series list with 30 points. Photo: Racing Photography.

Gunnedah hosted the last picnic meeting of the 2020/21 NSW Picnic Racing Association season on Saturday, which also finalised the top 12 for the all-important NSW Picnic Champion Series. 

With the $50,000 final scheduled to be held at Coonamble on October 10, the Peter Reynolds trained Drummed Out topped the list with 30 points. 

Although finishing four of four in an 1000m Open Trophy Handicap at Gunnedah, the nine-year-old was very consistent in 2020/21, running second at Gilgandra and Forbes when under the care of Rodney Robb before switching stables in January and winning at Bedgerabong and Tottenham and finishing second at Condobolin for Reynolds. 

Drummed Out has led the Picnic Champion Series top 12 for most of the season, after visiting a variety of picnic tracks, and when it comes to the final, he will be joined by stablemate Nevada Sunrise (22 points).

The five-year-old finished fourth on the list, winning at Condobolin and placing at Wellington and Tomingley during the season.

As far as the remaining 10 runners inside the top 12, Brett Robb qualified On A Promise (27 points) and Lucienne (19 points), while the in-form Combogolong just missed out, qualifying equal 13th with 18 points – connections will be sweating on scratchings prior to the final.

Connie Greig qualified four runners with Regina Margherita (23 points), Call Me Trinity (21 points), Malibu Stacy (20 points) and Equilibrium (19 points) all making the top 12. 

Canberra trainers had some success when getting runners in the final, with Darryl Rolfe qualifying Opera Tickets (21 points) while Rheingau and Waldo Waldorf (both 18 points) sit just outside of the top 12 in equal 13th on 18 points. 

The NSWPRA Picnic Champion Series top 12 after Gunnedah.

Doug Gorrel qualified Sestina (20 points) and could also have another runner in the mix, with Keep Me Posted (18 points) also tied for 13th.

A third Canberra trainer in Rob Potter qualified Madison Point (19 points).

Gilgandra trainer Bryan Dixon qualified Song One (21 points) and will need some luck for Baby Merlin (17 points) to qualify, as he sits 19th on the order of entry. 

Nominations for the final close at 11am on October 5 and it is important to note that if a ballot is required it will commence with the horse with the lowest points accumulated through the Picnic Series of qualifying races.

If equal then the horse with the lowest benchmark will be balloted first, if still equal then by lot. 

NSW Country and Picnic Racing will continue to profile runners, trainers and jockeys right up until the $50,000 final.