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2019 NSW Picnic Champion Series

By Mark Brassel

The highly successful The Championships theme spread to the NSW picnic racing arena in September 2016 with the inaugural NSW Picnic Champion Series first kicking off at Harden picnics, providing first points for the series.

The first Picnic Champion Series Final was held on Dubbo Gold Cup Day (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.

Robb made it the perfect score in 2018 when his galloper Austin (Mollie Partridge) bolted in with the Final, scoring by a widening margin of just under five lengths.

Then in 2019, it was trainer Mark Ward's Gadfly scoring with Brent Evans aboard - the horse having won three picnics races this year including the Noorama Cup (Qld) and the Duck Creek Picnic Cup, as well as the NSW Picnic Champion Series Final.

NSW Picnic Champion Series Final winner Gadfly (Ashley Boyd) in one of his picnic wins this season. Dubbo. Image by Janian McMillan

"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 first couple of Series generated plenty of interest 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).

NSW Picnic Champion Series Leader Board (as at 28th August 2019)

LATEST NSW PICNIC CHAMPION SERIES NEWS

• Cobar Hosts Final Event Of NSW Picnic Champion Series (23 August 19)

• Surf's Up at Brooklyn Following Picnics Victory (25 June 19)

• 'Fresh' Billy Enters Calculations for NSW Picnic Champion Series(27 May 19)

• Four-Win Haul For Rodney Robb At Back O'Bourke Picnics (24 April 19)

• Beaut Bopa Claims Hat-Trick Of Wins At Yass Picnics (4 Mar 19)

• No Tears As Kitty Powers Away In NSW Picnic Champion Series (25 Feb 19)

• Jockey's Amazing Winning Return After 17 Years Out (19 Feb 19)

• Trangie Rivals Feel The Bite Of Gadfly In Picnic Series (3 Jan 19)

HONOUR ROLL

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Runner-up Third
2019 GADFLY Brent Evans Mark Ward Fee Billy Cooee March
2018 AUSTIN Mollie Partridge Rodney Robb Spinning Dawn Zaphod
2017 SECURITY CODE Maddison Wright Rodney Robb Black Fusion Kinda Tangy
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