Robb’s to do battle in hometown Nyngan Cup

Clayton Gallagher and Brett Robb will team up in Monday’s Anzac Day Nyngan Cup. Photo: Racing photography.

Brett Robb will return home on Monday when setting a good team of runners for the Anzac Day Nyngan Cup Meeting.

The Dubbo trainer will take fiver runners to his hometown race meeting, setting Rylan’s Pick for the 1400m Benchmark 66 Nyngan Cup, while Expect A Hero will take on the 900m Benchmark 58 Handicap, Legal Zou contests the 1100m Class One Handicap, Drunkasamonkey takes on the 1400m Maiden Plate and No Debt goes around in the 1200m Benchmark 45 Handicap.

“My best chance is No Debt, and we are taking five out there and we always try and line up as many as we can and have a bit of luck,” Robb said. 

“I have been trying to get a horse here to win the Nyngan Cup, and we have Rylan’s Pick in it, and I have been setting him for it for ages, but it’s a good little race.”

In fact, Robb believes his father Rodney Robb boasts the horse to beat, with the Nyngan trainer presenting Rogue Runner for the $14,000 feature race.

“I think it will be tough to beat on its home track,” Robb said. 

“It didn’t go well the other day, but they were flag starts at Lightning Ridge, and I reckon that would have had a bit to do with it.

“It’s back up over 1400m and on his track, and he’s got the kid (Jake Barrett) on him, and he is riding good.”

Robb believes there are a handful of leading chances in the 2022 Nyngan Cup, with the Clint Lundholm-trained Fearless Mila the top weight and fresh off a Lightning Ridge Cup win, while dirt-track specialists Jin Chi Phantom and Blue Channel look big chances on paper. 

“Fearless Mila is the other one. It goes well and it loves the dirt,” Robb said. 

“I used to train Blue Channel, and on its day, it goes well, and it loves the dirt too and he knows Nyngan pretty well.

“Jin Chi Phantom won the Tottenham Cup, and it can handle the surface and it wouldn’t surprise me to see it run a good race.”

Robb, who spent his formative years learning the training craft under the guidance of his father at Nyngan, explained it takes a unique horse to win there.

“Some horses don’t handle the shifty sand track at Nyngan, and you need the right horse,” Robb said.

“It’s not the easiest place to win.”

In what could be a big day for the Robb yard, the team will also race at Bathurst on Monday, with Great Buy contesting the Anzac Day Soldier’s Saddle, which is a $34,000 Class Four Handicap over the 1400m. 

Great Buy looks well placed at Bathurst too, after most recently contesting the $500,000 Country Championships final.

“We were nearly going to run that Great Buy in the Nyngan Cup, but that race is worth $34,000 at Bathurst, and I own half of him, and I’d be silly not to take him there for the money,” Robb said. 

It should be a big day of racing at Nyngan Jockey Club, who have attracted a better class of horse for their feature race following a rating and prizemoney upgrade.

Off track, there is a free luncheon, free kids’ activities, fashions on the field, and the ‘ladies own the dream’ initiative, where ladies on track get a chance to experience the fun and excitement of racehorse ownership.

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