The Dubbo trainer has seven gallopers engaged to race and the stable will set three for the Qube Logistics Cotton Cup, with A Magic Zariz (Shayleigh Ingelse), Great Buy (Michael Heagney), and All Words (Grant Buckley) doing battle in the $37,000, 1600m Open Handicap.
A Magic Zariz looks the team’s best chance, but the 10-year-old will still carry 61kg after Ingelse’s two-kilogram claim.
“He has 63kgs, meaning he has eight kilos on the whole field, which will be hard for him, but when you can get a run, especially with all of this rain about, you need to take it,” Robb said.
“We are getting a kid on board and Shayleigh Ingelse will ride him, and she is a nice girl, and it means he will only carry 61kg.”
The Zariz gelding is a winner of 14 races and looks the class runner in what is a solid country cup field, and Robb said a rain-affected track will suit his old stager.
“He is a known weight carrier, and he went around at Wagga (last start) on a bog track, and he likes the wet, but he doesn’t like a bottomless track, but it was still a good run,” Robb said.
“If it is a soft track at Warren, it will definitely suit him, and I expect him to run an honest race.”
It won’t be an easy assignment though and Robb said the 2022 Cotton Cup field had held up after acceptances.
“It’s a good race. Larynx (Brett Thompson/Clayton Gallagher) goes well, Great Buy is a chance, and I think The Long Run (Peter Stanley/Ashleigh Stanley) will be hard to beat,” Robb said.
Robb does rate Great Buy’s chances, but he said the six-year-old will need a track upgrade before Sunday’s meeting.
“With him, it will all depend on the track and what it’s like on the day,” Robb said.
“If I could get him on top of the ground, he has a nice race in him, and I reckon he can win that race, but again, it all depends on what the track is like.”
The Dubbo conditioner will team up with the in-form Clayton Gallagher for the remainder of the program, with Morgenstern searching for three wins on the trot when jumping from gate five in the 1200m B & D Brouff Earthmoving P/L Warren Jockey Club Sprint.
“Morgenstern steps up to Open Class in this race, but he looks an honest chance,” Robb said.
“His last win was very good, but he is up against horses like Westlink and Activation, and I think he can match them.”
Robb’s remaining runners are Princess Factor in the 1000m Halcroft & Bennett P/L Benchmark 58 Handicap, Hurn Court in the 1200m Matt’s Mates Class Three Handicap, and Winning Factor in the 1400m Nutrien Ag Solutions Maiden Plate and he believes Gallagher will give each ride the very best chance on the day.
“I don’t think there are many jockeys riding as good as him at the moment,” Robb said.
“He is a good, strong rider and he gives them all a chance, plus we are good mates, so that helps.”
The recent wet weather has really knocked trainers and jockeys about in NSW, but Robb was predicting a good surface at Warren, and he was looking forward to another good race day at a track that is fondly referred to as the Randwick of the West.
“Warren, when the surface is right, it is one of the better tracks to race on,” Robb said.
“It is a good, fair track, there is plenty of space, and every horse gets a chance, and we are looking forward to taking our team there.”
It shapes to be a big day at Warren, with full bar facilities, entertainment, and a fantastic afternoon of racing on what is a bumper eight-race-program.