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Wild Rocket will defend their 2021 Narromine Cup victory on Sunday, but this time they will do it the better part of 250km.

Heavy rain in west central New South Wales prompted authorities to save the 2022 Narromine Cup meeting with Cowra the last and best option to host the meeting.

It’s not an ideal scenario for trainer Kylie Kennedy whose stepmom loses her home track advantage and races to an undisclosed location.

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Wild Rocket’s preparation for this weekend’s Narromine Cup is a carbon copy of last year’s, with its latest introduction being in the Forbes Cup.

Kennedy’s mother finished seventh in the 2021 Forbes Cup, beaten to three and a quarter lengths.

In the 2022 Cup, Wild Rocket was 12th out of 14 and half a dozen lengths behind the winner.

“They weren’t making up too much ground at Forbes that day, but there weren’t too many excuses for her, just that that race in Wellington the start before where she ran second, it was quite a race. difficult,” Kennedy said. .

“So did that just piss her off a bit, because he’s a horse that likes to be on the cool side.”

A Wild Rocket win on Sunday would be a stunning first career highlight for young apprentice Hollie Hull, who has the chance to win a Country Cup at just her 12th race.

“Hollie is apprenticed to Clint Lundholm,” Kennedy said.

“She’s a bit heavier, she can only ride 55.5kg, so she doesn’t have too many opportunities.

“Hollie rode Wild Rocket in Wellington two starts ago and she was just a victim of circumstance. I told her on the way down the hill that you should run last and just get her out and slowly work around them .

“But she got her out a little early and the mother was really fresh and the poor girl couldn’t really hold her so she went from last to first (at the turn) so for her to hang on to run second , we were just really happy about that.

“So rather than running Wild Rocket with the 60kg (Sunday) and breaking it and maybe running third or fourth, we thought we’d take care of the horse and give Hollie a chance at the same time. “

Wild Rocket won two Country Cups, the Cotton Cup at Warren and the Narromine Town function last year, but her most memorable performance to date came at Royal Randwick last April when she charged from behind to finish fourth in the $500,000 (1,400 m) ATC Country Championships final.

“Running fourth was just out of this world. To be beaten just two lengths by Art Cadeau, she went really well and we were so proud of her,” Kennedy said.

Wild Rocket should have felt right at home in Randwick with two Epsom winners in its pedigree, namely the royal native and the great Gunsynd.




Race 3 #8: Crystal Beanz

Placed at three of its six starts, this granddaughter of Snitzel has no problem on soft tracks and should be there all along the course.


Race 6 #4: Wild Rocket

The reigning Narromine Cup winner who has to make it to Cowra this year due to the change of venue, but is up to the task.


Race 2 nĀ°4: Rubi Air

Brett Robb trained Rubick’s daughter and stakes-winning mother, Hairy. Has the draw to peak here in the ideal race.


Race 5: 1,2,6,10

Race 6: 2,4,5,7

Race 7: 1,2,6,7

Race 8: 2,5,7,8


Grant ‘Bucko’ Buckley made just seven trips (out of over 27,000) at Cowra for two winners and two placegetters.



Yorker is still a young girl after 19 starts, but he has managed to place eight times. This may be his last, but best chance to win a race for his loyal supporters given that it is over 950m and on a surface that presents no inconvenience to him. He really does anything. Just step up and convert. Overdefence finished ahead of Yorker (just) in Forbes’ last start. This fact alone makes this gelding quite dangerous and respectable.

Bet: Yorker winner, odds 3.10


Rubi Air is a mid-value dual purpose mother; she will no doubt win races, but she will make a fine broodmare after her retirement as she is by Rubick out of Hairy, winner of the Sheraco and Carrington Stakes. The Brett Robb-trained galloper is third in a winning draw, she’s easy to love. His danger could be Rodney Robb’s ex-Richard and Will Freedman-trained Protostar who should really play at this level.

Bet: Rubi Air wins, Exacta 4 beats 1


Crystal Beanz is a lightly run granddaughter of Snitzel trained in Mudgee. This brown/black colored mare ran six times for two seconds and a third. All three peak performances were on Soft slopes, so barring a downpour, Soft 6 is perfect for her. Boorawa Girl is aptly named as she was born and raised in Newhaven Park. Beaten evenly at Bathurst’s last start but ran third, making ground behind a rushing City visitor.

Bet: Crystal Beanz winner


Tiempe Passate rode nine times for a win and five places, but had she had a better pattern and a bit of luck she probably would have won at least three or four. There is a risk associated with horses like her, but one would suggest that she is naturally the most talented and therefore the best horse in the race. That said, you might get a good argument from the trainer at Possibly So. Just a little worried about the first barrier for him, that’s all.

Bet: Victory of Tiempe Passatate, quinella 3.9


Money Not My God has only won once in his 20 starts, but he has racked up nine spots, which means he finishes on the podium exactly 50% of the time. We also have to point out that the horse’s long-awaited but well-deserved breakthrough came as recently as his last start on July 31 on Forbes Cup day and it was a pretty darned good win as well. Keep On Going has flown in its only two races since arriving at Shane Edward’s Dubbo digs.

Bet: Money Not My Good each way, quinella 2.6


Coopella is a Brett Robb-trained mare with a tidy little resume that reads like five starts for two wins and two placings. These two victories are on good track but she ranked two out of three smoothly. It’s hard to know what the track of the day will be, but the closer it is to the good, the better its chances of winning. Deshawn is the biggest beneficiary of races moving from Narromine to Cowra. Why? Well, it’s his home track and he’s raced there four times for three wins and a second. Also like the Soft. Silver Scissors has a claim.

Bet: Coopella each way, quinella 2.4


Wild Rocket are trained in Narromine and won the 2021 Narromine Cup ā€“ and what a win, they circled the pitch as a Cox Plate winner and were dominant in every way. Fast forward 12 months and she is forced to defend her Cup title, not at Narromine but ‘outside’ at Cowra ā€“ for the first time. In the end, she’s a very practical mother when she brings her A-Game, that’s all she has to do. Island Press is a quick pacer coming off an easy win on good ground in the Dubbo Cup prelude. Soft is good but good is better.

Bet: Wild Rocket Victory


Bold Offa is a very, very fast horse. He’s not alone in this department here, but the 950m at Cowra is a favorable setup for Bon Hoffa’s Yass-trained son. The Big Seal will have its admirers and for good reason. The Clint Lundholm-trained son of Your Song has finished first or second in six of his eight starts. ā€“ only one victory however remember. Press Sydney is better in, say, 1200m at a mile, but she has a tiny bit of class and could sprint fresh.

Bet: Bold Offa winner