Visiting trainer Darryl Rolfe has combined with popular picnic jockey Ricky Blewitt to win the Condobolin Picnic Race Club Cup with Waldo Waldorf on Saturday.
Sent out as the second outsider by bookies and punters alike in the 1400m-feature event, the Salade gelding was ridden off the pace by Blewitt.
The six-year-old then showed a good turn of foot to run away with a comfortable four length win over the Rodney Robb pair of Lulu’s Destiny and Drummed out.
Despite opening up at $15 before starting at $11 on the bookies’ board, Rolfe was always confident of a strong showing.
“He just hasn’t been himself in his last couple of runs and had sweated up after travelling,” Rolfe said.
“On Saturday, he travelled over really well and didn’t sweat up and I knew he was going to be right in it.”
The Canberra trainer went on to describe the victory, explaining that Blewitt had followed his instructions, giving Waldo Walforf every conceivable chance.
“At the 800m, he kicked him up and at 700m he went three wide for the lead and on the turn, he just went for it and was never headed after that,” Rolfe said.
Despite only having won 4 races from 49 starts, Rolfe suggested his runner could really gallop and was eyeing off bigger races later in the season.
“On his day, he can really run,” Rolfe said.
“Ricky got off him yesterday and said to me, ‘this is the kind of horse that can win the (NSW Picnic) Championships’.”
Rolfe now has a plan in place to guarantee Waldo Waldorf his chance in the $50,000 NSW Picnic Racing Association final at Dubbo Turf Club in September.
This feature picnic race is limited to the 12 best picnic horses in NSW and this is determined by points earned on the NSWPRA circuit.
“I am definitely looking at the Picnic championship final at Dubbo,” Rolfe said.
“We will go to Crookwell (Binda Picnic Races) on March 14 and Cootamundra (Cootamundra Picnic Races) on April 4 and I probably won’t go back to the picnics after that and just give him a couple of runs on the good Canberra (Thoroughbred Park) track,” Rolfe said
“Hopefully he earns enough points and gains a start because he would be a big chance.”