Rodney Robb claims another Nyngan Cup

It was a thrilling finish in the 2024 Nyngan Cup, won by the Rodney Robb-trained and Ken Dunbar-ridden and Nannu.

Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb, one of the all-time greats of Western Districts racing, with his four-year-old gelding Nannu, was a popular winner of Thursday’s 1400m Nyngan RSL Anzac Day Nyngan Cup.

Racing before a big crowd at Nyngan, the Cobar galloper Chapel Lane led by four lengths from Toulon Factor in the $16,000 feature, with Nannu travelling off the pace.

In an exciting finish, Nannu (Ken Dunbar, $3.40) won by a head from Bush Warrior (James Rogers, $9), with Chapel Lane (Nyssa Burrells, $26) battling on for third.

Another Nyngan trainer scoring a popular win was Greg O’Neill with Are You Certain in the 1200m Inland Petroleum & Aries Resources Tritton Benchmark 45 Handicap.

Midfield to the home turn, Are You Certain ($6.50) was desperately ridden by Andrew Banks over the closing stages to win in a three-way photo finish from Planet Ex (Shannen Llewellyn, $3.50 favourite) and Bonhomie (Georgina McDonnell, $5).

Andrew Banks had earlier brought the Connie Greig, Dubbo-trained Pahang ($2.50 to $2 favourite) from behind the leaders to win the 1100m Nyngan Bowling Club & Aeris Resources Tritton Class 1 Handicap by four lengths from Oh No Devon (Georgina McDonnell, $5) and A Tender Lady (Nyssa Burrells, $5).

Apprenticed to Dubbo trainer Brett Robb, the winners are starting to flow for Shannen Llewellyn, and she achieved a double at Nyngan with Dozen Kilpatrick and Party Stop.

From the Bendemeer stables of Jane Clement, Dozen Kilpatrick ($7) finished well out wide to defeat the Connie Greig-trained stablemates Have Mercy (Andrew Banks, $1.90 favourite) and Billy Bent Ear (Georgina McDonnell, $5.50) by over two lengths in the 900m Luke Smith Plumbing & Josh Lister Building Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Owned by picnic jockey Tony Williams, Party Stop ($2.60 fav.) was the first leg of a double for trainer Rodney Robb when overhauling the leader Lemoni (Hannah Johnston, 2.70) to win by almost a length, with Typhoon Ginger (Ken Dunbar, $4.80) third in the 900m Nyngan Pharmacy & Neill Earthmoving-Max Smith Memorial Maiden Plate.

Western Districts racing continues at Tomingley (picnics) on Saturday and Narromine (TAB) on Sunday.