Rylan’s Pick defends his crown in Nyngan Cup

Clayton Gallagher back it back-to-back Nyngan Cup wins on the Brett Robb-trained Rylan’s Pick on Tuesday.
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Brett Robb and Clayton Gallagher made another triumphant return home on Tuesday when defending their title in the time-honoured Nyngan RSL Anzac Day Nyngan Cup (1400m). 

Racing 2022 winner Rylan’s Pick in the $16,000 feature event, the five-year-old carried 61.5kg, but he still started a firm $2.30 favourite.

The Dubbo galloper never looked like losing either, cantering in for a 5.13 lengths win over the Rodney Robb-trained All Words (Wendy Peel, 64kg), and eight lengths back in third was the Connie Greig-trained Gossip (Ken Dunbar, $10).

“He was always the best horse in the race,” Gallagher said. 

“We were racing the horse there because the owners live just up the road from the racecourse, and they wanted to see it race again on its home track.” 

It was a popular win, with Rylan’s Pick demanding good money in the Nyngan Cup Calcutta before making it back-to-back wins in cups. 

“It’s a big bonus to win it for them, especially because it is a local horse, and it brought the crowd together, and they enjoyed it a lot more,” Gallagher said.

“I’m pretty sure the horse when for a bit in the calcutta, and everyone was pretty excited to see the horse win, especially after it had won last year.”

Since leaving Nyngan for Dubbo, Robb’s yard has gone from strength to strength, while Gallagher has enjoyed much success in the saddle.

“It’s good for Brett; he started in Nyngan as a trainer, and to go back there from Dubbo and get the win, it’s really good,” Gallagher said.

“It’s always good to go out there and claim victory.”

Raced by the Wright family, Rylan’s Pick has now started 15 times for six wins and two minor placings, and Gallagher insisted he had more wins in him.

“He’s a sharp horse and better suited over the short distances,” Gallagher said.

“He is such a big horse with plenty of gate speed, and he has that momentum over the other horses, and it suits him just rolling along over those shorter distances.” 

It was another entertaining day at Nyngan, and Dubbo trainer Connie Greig prepared a winning double, with Ken Dunbar riding both Benyatta ($3.50) to victory in the 900m Benchmark 58 Handicap and Blackhill Kitty ($9) to a good win in the 1100m Class One Handicap.

Gilgandra’s Brian Dixon Jnr also trained a winning double, with Gallagher riding Love Rat ($3.80) to an easy win in the 900m Maiden Plate before Andrew Banks won on Quick Spin ($5.50) in the 1200m Benchmark 45 Handicap. 

In the final race on the day, Banks brought up his own double, guiding the Karen Lunn-trained Glenfield Fox ($3.20) to a good win in the 1400m Maiden Plate. 

For Nyngan’s results, click here.