Lundholm set for Wellington picnic assault

Maddy Wright will ride the Clint Lundholm trained Nepenthes at Wellington on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photography.

Clint Lundholm will send a strong team of four runners to Wellington Race Club tomorrow as picnic racing returns in NSW ahead of a very busy season.

The Dubbo trainer explained that he had already planned to race at Geurie, but with the meeting abandoned due to Covid-19 and subsequently transferred to Wellington, it only better suited his stable.

“It is nice and handy, we were planning on going to Geurie but when they were put off and Wellington were put on, it worked out well and it will be nice and handy to get to,” Lundholm said.  

The prominent Central West based trainer was a fan of the strong NSW picnic racing scene, and said it was getting harder to win anywhere, including the picnics. 

“It means a lot to have the picnics, a win is a win anywhere you go, it is getting tough to win anywhere these days, even at the picnics,” Lundholm said. 

Lundholm will team up with leading picnic hoop, Maddy Wright, who will ride three of his four runners, which includes Nepenthes and My Beau (no jockey named) contesting the 1600m Class B Handicap, Tells Tails in the 1000m Class B Handicap and Oranafast rounding out his chances in the 1000m Maiden Plate. 

“Our horses are a chance, the races suit, and our clients are happy to take them to the picnics,” Lundholm said. 

As far as his best chances go, Lundholm mentioned two that he liked the most leading into Saturday’s six-race-card. 

“I think Nepenthes is a great chance, it’s the right race for him but I think Gary (Lunn) has his horse (Urus) in there; he won his maiden last start and we finished third behind him and he will be hard to beat,” Lundholm said.

“Tell Tails is running quite well too; she is quite consistent, and she is in the right race to be competitive.”

Lundholm hinted that any four of his Wellington runners could be earmarked for the $50,000 NSWPRA Picnic Championship final later this year, but suggested they needed to get some points tomorrow before being labelled genuine chances.

“It is something I obviously think about, it’s a $50,000 race on our home track, but look these runners here tomorrow could be thereabouts,” Lundholm said. 

“It would be good to get their point score up tomorrow and potentially having something starting in the picnic final.”

In what should be a good day of picnic racing at Wellington, the first race kicks off at 1.40pm, and the feature event on the card is the Elders Insurance Western Plains Trophy Handicap, worth $5,000.