The Rolfe and Boudvillain train rolls on

John Rolfe and Pierre Boudvillain continued their winning run at Cowra on Monday. Image – Bradley Photos.

John Rolfe and Pierre Boudvillain continued their winning connection at Cowra on Monday, winning two races on the Central Districts program. 

Following a winning double at Nowra in January and their Braidwood Cup win with Off Shaw in February, the pair were met with more success when racing Rangatira and Arctic Desert at Cowra.

The Frenchman rode Rangatira ($4.20) just behind the speed in the 1375m Class One Handicap, and the pair were impressive when winning by one and three-quarters-of-a-length. 

Formerly trained by Chris Waller, it was the second win for the I Am Invincible gelding, which has come to hand nicely under Rolfe’s care. 

Boudvillain then had his hands full with Arctic Desert ($6), which was green when winning on raw ability in the 1200m Maiden Plate.

The former Victorian, which Mathew Ellerton trained, was having just his second start in NSW, and despite winning by more than a length, there is improvement in the Pride of Dubai gelding. 

“He’s an ex-Victorian and still learning how to go this way; he was going as green as grass, and once he learns how to gallop, he’ll be a fair horse,” Rolfe said. 

“He ran a big race at Wagga first start for us and was a bit unlucky and got hampered, and it was better than what it looked on paper, and we come here thinking he might need one run more going this way, but he proved us wrong.” 

Second up for the stable, Boudvillain wasn’t afraid to ride Arctic Desert on the pace and sit on the early leader’s tail before unleashing a strong finish down the Cowra straight. 

“That was the plan to sit at the leader’s girth,” Rolfe said. 

“At Wagga, he was three deep and outside the leader all the way because it was his first start in NSW, and he didn’t want to settle, but today, he just came back on him nice and was really good.”

The Canberra trainer has made a name for himself with tried horses and thinks Arctic Desert is already a ‘bargain buy’.

“My daughter (Sophie Rolfe) goes through every Inglis sale, and we got this fella for $5,500, so he’s a bargain buy now, and we like to buy maidens that have had three or four starts and something we think we can improve,” Rolfe said. 

Boudvillain, who’s been the beneficiary of the in-form Rolfe yard, also has an opinion of Arctic Desert, but he admitted there was a lot of improvement to come.  

“It all panned out perfectly just outside of the leader, and there was a good pace, which is very good for this horse,” Boudvillain said.

“It was a bit tricky down the running, and that’s only the second time going this way, though, so he’s probably a bit green and still learning to go around that way.

“He’s certainly got a good turn of foot, and I think he’s going to keep improving.”

It was a good day’s racing at Cowra, and stealing the show was apprentice Coriah Keatings, who rode the first treble of her career while winning the Diggers Cup.

For more on Keatings big day in the saddle, click here