By Mark Brassel
The highly successful The Championships theme has spread to the NSW picnic racing arena with the inaugural NSW Picnic Champion Series kicking off at Harden picnics on 22 September 2016, providing first points for the series.
The first Picnic Champion Series Final was held on Dubbo Gold Cup Day (Sunday, 10 September 2017) with Racing NSW providing $50,000 in prizemoney; the race being won by Security Code ridden by Maddison Wright and trained by Rodney Robb.
"We are pleased to be supporting this concept and by staging a $50,000 event on a big day such as the Dubbo Gold Cup program will give these riders and horses plenty of exposure," said Racing NSW CEO, Peter V'landys AM.
The idea of the NSW Picnic Champion Series was hatched by Deidre Adam, secretary of the NSW Picnic Racing Association, and Craig Tyack, president of Tullibigeal Picnic Race Club.
“The Series offers something worthwhile to picnic jockeys and trainers and is the first picnic TAB race in New South Wales,” Deidre Adam said.
“The inaugural Series generated plenty of interest last year and has already helped improve horse attendance at our picnic race meetings.
"Instead of the qualifying heats in the Country and Provincial Championships, picnic horses will gain points at every picnic race meeting in which they compete."
To qualify for the NSW Picnic Champion Series Final, horses acquire points for every picnic race meeting they attend in NSW and the highest ranked horses at the end of the 12 months are then eligible to nominate for the NSW Picnic Champion Series Final.
All horses except Maidens are eligible to qualify (Clubs must be affiliated with the NSW Picnic Racing Association and use Approved Riders).
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|2017||SECURITY CODE||Maddison Wright||Rodney Robb||Black Fusion||Kinda Tangy|
Remaining picnic series dates
Saturday 14 April - GRENFELL
Saturday 28 April - TOMINGLEY
Saturday 5 May - BOOROWA
Saturday 12 May - MARTHAGUY (at Quambone)
Saturday 19 May - BLIGH (at Mudgee)
Saturday 26 May - MOREE
Saturday 9 June - MALLAWA
Saturday 23 June - TALMOI (at Garah)
Saturday 30 June - DUCK CREEK (at Nyngan)
TBA - COBAR