Robb trio chase picnic riches

Maddy Wright and Rodney Robb will be looking to win their second NSWPRA Picnic Champion final when Rogue Runner contest Sunday’s $50,000 event at Dubbo Turf Club. Photo: Sarsfield Racing Photography.

Rodney Robb is renowned for supporting picnic clubs and isn’t afraid to do some kilometres in search of the right race for the right horse. 

So, it is no surprise the Nyngan trainer has three qualified runners for tomorrow’s NSW Picnic Racing Association (NSWPRA) Picnic Champion final at Dubbo Turf Club. 

Robb’s runners include Drummed Out (gate 15), Policy (gate 16) and even-money race favourite, Rogue Runner (gate 4). 

When asked which runner was his best chance, Robb picked Rogue Runner, only just ahead of the two stablemates.

“Rogue Runner I think; he is going good, but he is unproven over the distance,” Robb said. 

“Drummed out found a bit of form and was good at Cobar was really good at Coona (Coonabarabran). 

“Policy is also unproven over 1400, but he is going well. The three horses have had the same sort of campaign and should go alright.”

With popular picnic jockey Maddy Wright taking the ride on Rogue Runner, punters look to be drawn to the seven-year-old Casino Prince gelding and Robb was confident he would get the 1400m. 

“In my own honest opinion, I think he will get the 1400m,” Robb said. He won’t have to lead and should get a good sit in behind the leaders.”

Of Robb’s other runners, there is a little international flavour with Brazilian hoop Leandro Ribeiro taking the ride on Drummed Out and Indian jockey Melvyn Maseyk booked to ride Policy. 

Robb, who won the first two editions of the NSWPRA Picnic Champion series with Security Code in 2017 and Austin 2018, said the 2020 edition was arguably the strongest yet, despite their being a lack of picnic meetings due to Covid-19. 

“There wasn’t as a lot of racing, but I think this could be the strongest field yet, and it’s got a lot of depth,” Robb said.  

“There isn’t going to be an odds-on favourite and it looks a very open race.”

When asked who the biggest dangers were, Robb mentioned Another Plan, Hokkaido and Military Pay but couldn’t look past I Am Dynamic. 

“I Am Dynamic is going really good and could be flying home,” Robb said. 

“When it won art Cobar the other day, I said it would be hard to beat at Dubbo.”