In-form Rob Potter out to continue ‘hot run’ at Orange

Canberra trainer Rob Potter has been enjoying a terrific run of late. photo: Bradley Photos.

Rob Potter and his team are in a rich vein of form, with the Canberra stable sending 13 horses to the races since the beginning of November, winning six of them in the process. 

I’m Not Leaving kicked off Potter’s hot run at the Sapphire Coast when winning the 1200m Maiden for Quayde Krogh on November 3 before the pair backed up again on November 13 and won the 1400m Class One Handicap at Canberra.

Again at Canberra on November 20, Almost Persuaded and Rochelle Wedrat-Kroezen won the 1460m Class Three Handicap before the pair backed up at Mudgee on December 2 when taking out the 1400m Benchmark 66 Handicap. 

On Thursday, Potter teamed up with apprentice jockey Anaelle Gangotena, who rode Madison Point to victory in the 1600m Benchmark 50 Handicap.

In arguably the stable’s best win, debutant Hurricane Ablowing was ultra-impressive when taking out the 1200m Maiden at Canberra on Sunday. 

Ridden by Damon Budler, the three-year-old hit the line strongly for connections, and Potter was happy with the victory.

“He’s been well-educated. He had a prep then went out, and he come back in, and we gave him two jump outs, then a nice and easy trial into today and he was pretty impressive,” Potter said.

The Canberra conditioner was also happy to see Madison Point win at Queanbeyan for Gangotena.

The former picnic hoop turned apprentice jockey has enjoyed a good affiliation with Potter, and he was pleased to deliver Gangotena a maiden TAB victory.   

“She’s won three out of three on him at the picnics, and her first TAB winner was on him too, and that makes it four out of four on him,” Potter said.

“She is a really good jockey, and just a nice person and I am glad we could get her that winner.”

When asked about his recent winning run, Potter said it all came back to good placement and an ounce of luck. 

“We have always had some nice horses, but it’s about placing them right,” Potter said. 

“I don’t change my feed or change my work. It’s just funny how it works sometimes. 

“We have had a bit of luck, and you need that sometimes, and everything has just come together.

“I never get my head down because you have your ups and downs, and I just try and be positive and if I don’t think there is anything left in them, I retire them or find good homes for them.  

“I run a small team, but the trick is to know what they have got in them, and we’ve got a good team at the moment, and we are enjoying a really hot run.”

Potter suggested that stable jockey Damon Budler is also a big reason why his team is firing at the moment. 

“We have got good staff here, and Damon is back too, and he is a wonderful asset to us,” Potter said. 

“We have been working together for a few years now, and he is highly talented, but he has had his fair share of injuries, so it’s good to have him back, and he is a big part of that success.”

Potter will trek to Orange on Monday as the stable chases a fourth winner in five starters when Millamoo contests the 1400m Benchmark 74 Handicap. 

Budler takes the ride and connections draw gate four, and following a disappointing first-up ninth at Canberra last month, Potter believes his eight-year-old is primed for a strong second-up showing. 

“It was trainer error first-up. I thought she was more forward than what she was, and you can just ignore the run,” Potter said. 

“She had the blinkers on, and over-raced three-deep and it was no fault of Damon, but this time, she will be fitter, it’s a great gate, and she probably needs one more (run) but she will go a lot better.”

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