Wantabadgery trainer, Rodger Waters, plans to open Sizzleonthebridge’s NSW Picnic Racing Association (NSWPRA) Assault at Bedgerabong on Saturday.
Waters will have his five-year-old contesting the $9000 feature event over the 1400m, even though he has been heavily weighted with 68kg.
Connections have also accepted for the 1400m Tumut Cup on the same day, but Waters indicated he would set his Sizzling gelding for the $50,000 NSWPRA final and hopes to get off to a good start at Bedgerabong on Saturday.
“I’ve accepted at both places. It’s not black and white because he is badly weighted against bad horses at Bedgerabong and he is badly weighted against good horses at Tumut,” Waters said.
“I’m inclined to go to Bedgerabong because of the Picnic Championships. It has been in the back of my mind and we had been thinking about it for some time.”
Sizzleonthebridge has been performing well on the TAB racing scene, winning at Benchmark 58 Handicap at Forbes two starts ago and Waters joked he should handle the weight, especially if he could handle his trainer guiding him at track work in the past.
“Well, the heavy weight probably wouldn’t help him but he used to carry me, so he should be right,” Waters laughed.
“It’s not so much about the weight he has to carry, it is how much he has to give the opposition.”
The five-year-old did miss a golden opportunity on Saturday, with connections setting Sizzleonthebridge for the Tumbarumba Cup before it was abandoned due to the rain, and Waters was wary of Bedgerabong suffering the same fate with the predicted rain.
“Rain will be the deciding factor, I have a jockey lined up for Bedgerabong (Belinda Wright) but no one for Tumut but they’re talking an inch of rain at Bedgerabong, so if they are washed out, we can still go to Tumut and we will be a chance,” Waters said.
The big motivation for participants to line up in the Bedgerabong Cup on Saturday is the chance to earn valuable NSWPRA points, which are available at each picnic meeting.
At the end of the season, the top 12 runners and four reserves qualify for the 1400m final at Dubbo, with $50,000 on offer.
“I think he is not a bad little galloper; he has won a couple of TAB races and from a picnic point of view, he races on speed and he would be suited to picnic cups and the final,” Waters said.
“I think he will be a chance in the final if we do qualify.”
Waters is considering other picnic cups to attack during his campaign, including Cootamundra and Boorowa.
As far as making a decision for Saturday, Waters won’t decide until Friday night, once he has a better idea how Bedgerabong and Tumut are holding up after the expected rain.
“We will probably make a decision Friday night when the rain comes, we will see how it plays out,” Waters said.