Three Dubbo trainers are aiming to secure a piece of history on Saturday but an all too familiar face on the picnic circuit stands in their way.
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the Bedgerabong Picnics and the $7500 Centenary Cup (1400m) headlines what is certain to be a huge and celebratory meeting.
Dubbo trainers Connie Greig, Peter Reynolds, and Justin Stanley have all got chances in the cup but the field is headlined by defending champion Lulu's Destiny, from the stables of Rodney Robb in Nyngan.
Larrikin Robb is one of the most well-known trainers on the picnic circuit and he's won the past two Bedgerabong Cups, with Security Code saluting in 2017 before Lulu Destiny scored victory last year.
Another trainer very familiar with the region is Trevor Sutherland and he will saddle up Tearful Kitty in the cup. Wagga-based Sutherland has won the last two Forbes Cups, with Gentleman Max (2017) and Willy White Socks (2018).
Greig will have Our Sarastro in the feature while Reynolds and Stanley will contest the race with Drummed Out and Wollartant respectively.
Last year the Robb-trained Lulu’s Destiny won the Bedgerabong Picnic Cup from Spinning Dawn and Cyclone Andy and in the two starts since resuming from a spell has run very good races at Wellington and Dubbo.
Maddison Wright, based at Moruya on the far south coast, rode Rodney Robb’s four winners at Bedgerabong last year and will again ride Lulu’s Destiny in the cup on Saturday.
Winner of seven races, Tearful Kitty ran third at Tumbarumba last week and will represent Sutherland in the cup with former professional jockey and now successful Picnic rider Jody Hughes in the saddle.
Racing in top form at present in strong company at TAB meetings the ten-year-old Wollartant from the Stanley stable at Narromine looms as a big chance in the Cup and will be ridden by John Wilson, who is making a comeback to race riding.
Another likely to be well fancied in the betting is the bold frontrunner Our Sarastro, trained by Greig.
As usual the Clearview Bracelet (800 metres) has attracted several noted speedsters including the flying Gillie Mooch trained by Stanley.
Ricky Blewitt, the Premiership winner on the NSW Picnic circuit last season, will ride Gillie Mooch while Sutherland's Benno's Boy is a remarkably tough galloper with 15 wins and 35 placings from 128 starts.
The 100th anniversary meeting is again expected to draw in a massive crowd, with travellers from all over the country often making the trip to the iconic track.
Racing starts 1.40pm.