Duck Creek six race program promises not to be lame

WINNER: The successful Sharon Jeffries trained (centre) Rehanaat took out the Three Rivers Machinery Nyngan Duck Creek Picnic Cup in 2018. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN
WINNER: The successful Sharon Jeffries trained (centre) Rehanaat took out the Three Rivers Machinery Nyngan Duck Creek Picnic Cup in 2018. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN

Once again thousands of racegoers are expected to flock to the WIN Duck Creek Picnic races this Saturday, July 6.

Undoubtedly, the Picnics are a calendar highlight for the region and there's something available for everyone.

Whether it's a passion for horse racing, a keen eye for fashion or just catching up with mates, this year promises to be one of the best yet.

The six-race program is promising not to be lame starting at 1.05pm and will feature the 1250 metre WIN Duck Creek Picnic Cup which will jump at 3.35pm.

Duck Creek committee vice president Bruce Cleaver said racegoers will see plenty of local horses and trainers take the track.

"It's looking really promising for a strong field of horses ... probably our best," he said.

"Local trainer Rodney Robb has indicated a fine showing of sure winners for the day."

This event is in honour of Chris for all the work he's done, not just for Duck Creek, but for his involvement in the racing industry.

Vice president, Bruce Cleaver

Robb will be fielding twelve horses across the six races, with Austin, Blue Channel and Rusty Motorbike contesting the Duck Creek Picnic Cup alone.

Austin, a six year old Gelding that's came just short of placing in his latest string of starts, will be starting from the number two gate in the Picnic Cup.

Despite that, the odd put Blue Channel as Robb's best chance to place in the feature race, the four year old mare, who showed good form when securing a place in Walgett at the Walgett Cup but was narrowly beaten by the Sharon Jeffries-trained Rehanaat, will be starting from the seventh barrier.

Last year, Rehanaat took out the Duck Creek picnic feature and will again be contesting it in hopes of securing another come from behind win.

Ridden by Scone-based Ashley Boyd, Rehanaat travelled in fourth position and then finished strongly down the centre of the track to win the Duck Creek Picnic Cup (1250m) by a length from Austin (Maddison Wright) and Flatley's Fortune (Wesley Boyd).

This year, Rehanaat will be starting alongside Blue Channel, from the eighth barrier.

Blue Channel will be jockeyed by Moe trainer Caitlin King, while Rehanaat will once again partner with Ashley Boyd.

Mr Cleaver said this year they will also be hosting the Chris Elder Memorial Cup, in honour of the late clerk of the scales and horse owner.

"This event is in honour of Chris for all the work he's done, not just for Duck Creek, but for his involvement in the racing industry."

Mr Elder was the co-owner along with Greg Deacon and Dennis Thorpe of popular track favourite Lucienne.

The last race of the day will be at 4.15pm, however racegoers can stick around to enjoy live entertainment by Jon Stevens and Brad Cox.

Beat the queue and purchase you ticket to the races for $35 online from www.123tix.com.au .