A round trip of 1170 kilometres payed off for Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb when How Will I Know won the Ibis Styles and McDonalds Class 3 Handicap (1200m) at Broken Hill on Saturday.
Robb has been taking horses to the famous St Pat’s meeting since 1975 and holds the event in high regard.
Well ridden by Robb's apprentice Clayton Gallagher, How Will I Know ($3.60 favourite) sat fifth before sprinting to a convincing win over Invincible Magic (Stacey Metcalfe, $11) and Blacklisted (Chris Nicoll, $5.50) in track record time.
Justin Huxtable, an apprentice from South Australia, had a memorable day at Broken Hill, kicking home four winners including It's Fred in the $35,000 Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup (1600m).
It's Fred ($6) led throughout to beat the second placed dead-heaters Alpha Auriga (Chris Nicoll, $4.40) and Honor The Moment (Stacey Metcalf, $8), the latter pair having finished first and second respectively in the 2016 Outback Cup.
Paula Trenwith, who trains It's Fred, established a record when Nozi won the Outback Cup in for three straight years from 2007. The other winners for Huxtable were the Grant Young-trained pair Motocade ($3) and Snip Of Magic ($4 favourite) and Electric Sky ($2.50), trained by Brenton Jones at Jamestown in South Australia.
Heather Lehmann and jockey Kayla Cross made history in 2016 when becoming the first female combination to win the Birdsville Cup in Queensland and they had a winning double at Broken Hill, Alphabetic ($5) and Alpha Romeo ($3.40 favourite).