ROCKATORIO snuck along the rail to win Tuesday’s $20,000 Furneys Rural Benchmark 60 Handicap (1600m) at Tamworth and pitchfork himself into contention for Moree Picnic Cup on May 26.
The Nathan Sinclair-trained seven-year-old gelding son of Oratorio saved every millimetre as Josh Oliver hugged the rails.
“We just needed the gap,” Josh Oliver said as the cutaway rail provided the perfect avenue for him to boot the Moree gelding home for a narrow win from Oakey visitor Congelator while Armidale mare Lady Cromac, trained by Stirling Osland, was just over a length away third.
It was Rockatorio’s seventh race win in 56 starts but Nathan Sinclair’s second since he leased the gelding from Tamworth trainer Troy O’Neile.
“Got a good run from Josh up the fence,” Nathan Sinclair said.
“Made the trip worthwhile.
“Only had him the three starts. Won first up at Warialda for me and then was narrowly beaten at Coonabarabran. Trevor and Barb Davis rang last year to see if I wanted to lease him so I’ve got 75 per cent in him as well.”
Nathan said the 1400m Moree Picnic Cup, at Moree on May 26, will be his next start.
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“We’re looking at that $50,000 Picnic Cup at Dubbo later in the year,” Nathan said.
So it means the Moree Picnic Cup carries more weight than just the $5,000 prizemoney.
Nathan could also have Deceitful Don in a race he won in 2009 with Trust Me Honey.
His father, Peter Sinclair, could also have two runners in that Moree Picnic Cup as well.
The lucrative Golden Triangle picnic circuit also follows with Talmoi and Mallawa to come.
“I’ve won the Talmoi Cup twice, 2011 and last year but never a Mallawa cup,” Nathan beamed.