Victorian raiders set their sights on Boorowa picnics

Victorian duo Don Dwyer and Shaun Cooper will try their luck at Boorowa Picnic Race Club on Saturday. Photo. Picnic Racing. Photo: Picnic Racing

There will be a Victorian flavour to the Boorowa Picnic Race Club meeting on Saturday, with Seymour trainer Don Dwyer bringing three gallopers across the border. 

Aladdin Sane will contest the 1700m Boorowa Picnic Cup, View of Blue is entered in the 1300m Class B Handicap and Peggy Rose will round out the stable’s account in the final race of the day, the 1200m Boorowa Picnic Sprint.

Dwyer will team up with regular jockey and fellow Victorian Shaun Cooper on the day, and there was some stable confidence. 

“I go everywhere confident,” Dwyer laughed. 

“Aladdin Sane is very consistent and Peggy Rose has a lot of speed and I think they will be competitive,” Dwyer said. 

“The other mare is probably not good enough wherever she goes, but looking at the race, there isn’t much in it either.”

Dwyer and Cooper bring with them an impressive picnic racing resume, with Dwyer leading the Australian picnic training premiership with 21 wins, and Cooper the current leading Australian picnic jockey with 31 wins.   

“We both have won two of the last three premierships in Victoria, and we won this year,” Dwyer said. 

“Shaun is my stable jockey. He has been riding for me the whole time I’ve been going to the picnics and we are both leading the Australian premierships.”

Both Dwyer and Cooper are originally from New Zealand, and since Dwyer decided to focus more on the picnics, success has followed. 

“We are both from New Zealand, but that isn’t why he rides for me,” Dwyer said.

“I have been here for six and a half years and I started going to the picnics because the horses that I had at the time didn’t have high enough ratings to get starts at the TAB.

“We were sitting around waiting for runs, and I thought I had to make use of these horses who had owners, and that is how we started out together. 

“I got five winners that first season, and then we both won the premiership the next season, then we just missed last year when Covid stopped picnic racing, but we won it again this year.”

Dwyer isn’t sure what to expect at Boorowa on Saturday, but he admitted it would be a learning curve for the stable.

“We just want to do it and race there. I haven’t raced at the picnics in NSW and Shaun hasn’t ridden there and it will broadens our horizons,” Dwyer said. 

“I don’t know what is needed for the picnics in NSW, I have a feeling they may be a little bit better than what we are taking, but it is a learning process.”  

Dwyer said the hit and run mission to Boorowa would potentially lead to more trips to NSW with the Victorian picnic racing season currently in recess.

“I’ll go do NSW race meetings, but I need to know where my horses sit first and foremost,” Dwyer said.

“I do my homework in Victoria, and I know the trainers, horses and jockeys, but I need to work out what we need to bring to NSW to be competitive.”

Dwyer and his gallopers will stay overnight at Tarcutta, before venturing to Boorowa on Saturday morning.

The addition of the three Victorian gallopers only adds more intrigue to what looks like a good day’s racing at Boorowa on Saturday.

Tickets for the meeting can still be purchased online, with the day offering good racing, fashions and plenty of entertainment.