Final chance for Picnic Champion Series points at Cobar

Saturday’s meeting at Cobar Miners’ Race Club will be the last chance for horses to earn NSW Picnic Champion Series points ahead of the $50,000 final at Coonamble on October 9.
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Saturday’s picnic meeting at Cobar Miners’ Race Club will be the final opportunity for gallopers to earn NSW Picnic Champion Series points ahead of the $50,000 final at Coonamble on October 9.

Throughout the year, trainers have set their horses for picnic races at each meeting, earning points each time they contested an event, and after Sunday, pundits will know which horses sit inside the all-important top 12, which guarantees them a place in the rich final.

As it stands, the Gavin Groth-trained Danspur leads on 33 points, while the Connie Greig-trained Valadyium (32), Gossip (30), Equilibrium (27), Call Me Trinity (25), and Get Up Alby (25) are all safe.

Despite not running at Cobar, others that should scrape into the top-12 are the Doug Gorrel-trained Georgian Court (25), Peter Kirby-trained Broo Boss (24) and Connie Greig-trained Linden Tree (23).

Greig will look to qualify a seventh horse in the form of Billy Bent Ear (21), with the galloper currently placed 11th and all but assured of a run in the final if he finishes top-three in the Cobar Cranes Sprint over 1200m. 

The 10th placed Fiocchi (22) from the Pete Sinclair yard won’t run at Cobar, meaning he is at risk of missing out, but the stable will look to qualify two gallopers currently outside of the top-12.

Let Him Fly (17) needs to win the 1000m Class B Handicap to earn five points, which would get him to 22 points, while Pyrmont (16) more or less needs to win the 1200m Cobar Cranes Sprint to earn seven points, which would take him to 23. 

Another interesting runner is the 13th placed Knee Slapper (20), which will take on the 1700m Allan Wells Memorial, DJW and Wells Construction Cobar Cup. 

Formerly trained by Rodney Robb, the seven-year-old is now in Allan Prisk’s care, and a top-three finish in the feature race on the day would all but secure him a spot in the top-12.

Cobar’s picnic meeting has attracted good interest with 42 acceptors, but unfortunately jockey numbers will dictate field sizes, with just seven hoops in attendance.

In a big day for the club, gates open at 11am and for more on the meeting, readers can click here

For full fields, click here, and for more on the NSW Picnic Champion Series, click here.