Few people were upset to see Nyngan stalwart Rodney Robb take out the inaugural, and massively popular, $50,000 Picnic Championship Final at Dubbo Turf Club on Sunday.
In the post-race presentation Robb was described as someone who “is racing” as he does a huge amount of travel and always supports the picnic circuit.
In the feature final on Sunday, Robb’s Security Code ($8) got to the front at the top of the straight and built enough of a lead to hold off the late challenge of Black Fusion ($12).
Owned by three railway workers, Wayne Casey from Nyngan and father-and-son Ray Riley and Gavin Riley from Gilgandra and Dubbo respectively, the six year old chestnut gelding had qualified for the Final by winning Picnic Cups at Tottenham, Bedgerabong and Bourke.
Robb, who has been travelling and racing in Western Australia and back through Queensland, was met with a raucous cheer after the win.
“It’s been great. I won a couple at Canterbury once and that was great but he’s been a good horse,” Robb said.
The trainer confessed Security Code “had a lot of problems” throughout his career but he was full of praise for the work done by his family members while had been away.
He also had nothing but good things to say about jockey Maddison Wright, who has been with Robb for the past eight weeks.
“Maddison has been with me and has been riding work and has done really well,” he said.
Wright reciprocated when receiving her silverware post-race, stating she’d never been as well looked after as she had since making the move to the Robb stables at Nyngan.
Security Code now has six wins from 19 starts after winning from Black Fusion and Kinda Tangy ($4.40) on Sunday.