Robb and Wright dominate at Mudgee

Maddison Wright and Brett Robb are proving to be a formidable duo. Photo: Racing Photography.

Dubbo duo Brett Robb and Maddy Wright were in a league of their own at the Bligh Amateur Picnic Race Club meeting at Mudgee on Saturday as they won four races on the six-race-program.

The Robb trained runners were ridden by Wright, and the pair won the first two races on the program with Expect A Hero greeting the judge first in the 900m Open Trophy race and Germaine breaking through at start number six in the 1000m Maiden Plate. 

Robb and Wright’s treble arrived in the fourth on the card with the in-form Combogolong making it three wins on the trot when streaking away for an impressive 7.21 lengths victory in the 1100m Class B Handicap. 

In the penultimate event, Wright steered home a galloper owned by the stable, with Boys Home greeting the judge first in the 1400m Open Trophy race and securing a not-so-rare quadrella of wins for NSW’s leading picnic hoop. 

Boys Home was a special win for the stable, with the cheap purchase paying for his way and more. 

“It is so good to win on one of our own. Boys home, we call him nuts, has bought us a lounge for our new house and a TV; now I’ve got my eyes on another sausage dog. I’ve just got to talk to my other owner,” Wright laughed.

Wright and Robb were rewarded for their foresight at Mudgee, with the trainer and jockey predicting a rain-affected course, which played into their hands when the races went ahead on a heavy 10 surface. 

“I think the wet track was a bonus,” Wright said. 

“We knew when we did nominations that Mudgee was going to get a bit of rain, so we put a few of our swimmers in.”

Wright, who is in a rich vein of form with 10 winners from her past 16 rides, and 25 victories for the season, now sits five wins ahead of Leandro Ribeiro on the NSW picnic jockey’s premiership.

Despite eyeing the chance to win three-straight premierships, Wright said her focus was on the stable, after recently making the move to Dubbo. 

“It’s not really about the premiership for me anymore,” Wright said. 

“My focus has definitely shifted in that respect. It’s definitely a bonus but the main aim of the game at the moment is getting winners for our owners.”

In another big day of picnic racing, Bligh Amateur Racing Club’s annual meeting saw a large crowd on hand to witness a good day’s racing. 

In the feature event on the program, William Stanley was in the winner’s circle again, guiding home the Mark Milton trained Cthonia in the 1850m Bligh Amateur Racing Club Cup.

The four-year-old was a class above her rivals in the $5000 event, winning by 13.25 lengths. 

In the second feature event on the program, the $4000 Collaroy Cup, Doug Gorrel and Anaelle Gangotena combined to win the 1000m race with Sestina.

Picnic racing returns next Saturday with Talmoi hosting the third leg of the Golden Triangle series.