John Rolfe scores well-earned Nowra double

John Rolfe and Pierre Boudvillain, pictured here with Danjel after her win at Cooma last month, combined for a winning double at Nowra on Sunday. Image – Bradley Photos.

For John Rolfe, racing is a family affair. 

With his wife Jenney and his daughter Sophie, the trio prepare their team at Canberra, and they chase a winner anywhere they can find it, travelling all over NSW. 

Racing at Nowra on Sunday, the hard-working stable were rewarded for their patience, scoring back-to-back Country Boosted wins. 

Teaming up with Frenchman Pierre Boudvillain, they won the $30,000 1200m Maiden Handicap with Dubai Oak ($7.50) before Captain Corelli ($16) emerged victorious in the $30,000 1400m Class Two Handicap.

“It was a really good result,” Rolfe told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“We put in a lot of work; we all get up early every morning, and it makes a big difference when you can get a couple of winners like today.

“They’ve been running well but have been a bit unlucky, but everything fell into place at Nowra, and they both won really well.

“We sort of picked those races, and they are good prizemoney, so we try and pick them up, and it’s good to see it come off the way it did.”

Dubai Oak had been racing well in Country Boosted events, with the four-year-old knocking on the door of a maiden win before breaking through at Nowra. 

Jumping with the field from gate two, the Pride of Dubai gelding raced behind the leaders and on the rail before Boudvillain cut the corner and snuck up on the inside for a half-length win. 

“He’s been a bit unlucky, and at Orange, he missed the start, and it was another hard luck story at Queanbeyan, but the gate definitely made the difference, and he got the run of the race and won well,” Rolfe said.

It was another good ride by Boudvillain on Captain Corelli, with the six-year-old Tavistock gelding springing the lids from gate two before making every post a winner and triumphing by over a length. 

“He’s a good horse but has to be ridden right,” Rolfe said. 

“You just need to let him lead and roll along, and he is half-qualified for the Picnic Champion Series, so he’ll go for a little break, and then we’ll set him for a couple of picnic races and try and get him qualified.”

It was a massive result for Boudvillain, with the 35-year-old winning two from three on the day and putting his name up in lights.

“He’s a good, honest bloke and does what he told,” Rolfe said. 

“He appreciates the rides we give him, and the thing is, he is a good jockey and has not had a lot of chances so far, but he can definitely ride.”

On Tuesday, Rolfe and Boudvillain will team up again at Wagga, with Sogeri (gate 1) contesting the 1000m Maiden Handicap before Ten Feathers (gate 12) takes on the 1600m Maiden Handicap.