Bathurst trainer Paul Theobald never doubted the ability of his six year old grey gelding Attilius in winning the 2018 Burrangong Picnic Cup and his judgement was spot on in the $5,500 feature race at the Toompang racecourse last Saturday afternoon.
With Michael Gray in the saddle, gate five was certainly to his advantage in allowing the son of Murtajill to gain valuable racing room, taking up a forward position soon after the start.
Three Stooges made the pace early but was found wanting at the half way mark, Attilius finishing too strongly for a determined Diamond Charlie and Spinning Dawn.
The Bathurst galloper has now won five races with seven minor placings for his owners who were more than delighted when the winner’s number went into the frame alongside a margin of one length in favour of the winner in a fast time of 1:23.17 for the 1400m feature race.
The final race of the day at Young was reduced to 1400 metres due to a malfunction of the barrier tow hitch, both trainers and stewards happy to make that important adjustment.
Also happy was Debbie Prest, she saddled up three runners in conjunction with Peter Kirby (Hayne Plane) and she collected the prize, with Jodie Hughes rating the five year old mare well, running home strongly in the straight to defeat Dream And Journey for Richard Coulton and Michael Grey, Spies Shadow for George Wright and jockey Ricky Blewitt filled the minor placing in what was a terrific end to an enjoyable day of racing.
Locals will set their sights on the very popular Harden Picnic races to be held on Saturday, October 27.