Narromine preview: Trainer Brett Robb set to continue winning ways

Country Championships Final winning trainer Brett Robb aims to parlay Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens TAB Highway quinella into the new week with a host of chances at Tuesday’s Narromine meeting.

Robb’s pair, Wilbury and Gallant Star, went one-two in last weekend’s TAB Highway and while far from market order, Robb was suitably delighted with the runner-up’s return as he plots a path towards emulating Sizzle Minizzle’s Country Championship Final win back on April 1.

Robb saddles-up five runners at Narromine on Tuesday led by the royally-bred mare Din who has been the proverbial model of consistency since she swapped Warwick Farm for Dubbo.

“She has only been out of the placings once since I have had her. She is always around the mark,” Robb said.

“I think the worst she has run for us is a fifth. She is a deadset little trier.

“Her win at Wellington was very, very good I thought. She came around the turn pretty wide and they normally can’t win having a run like that at Wellington.

“She has drawn a good gate, she has got the 60 kilos this time though, but she won with 60.5kgs over 1300m at Coonamble one day so I am not too concerned about that.”

Din boasts considerable value as a broodmare when the time comes. Not only is she a daughter of Newhaven Park Stud’s resident, dual Group 1 winner Xtravagant, Din’s dam is a sister to the Group 1 winning siblings, Assertive Lad and Assertive Lass.

Robb’s next chance of a visit to the winner’s stall seems to be via Rothgate, the lightly-raced son of Gerald Ryan’s untapped Rothesay.

“He is a nice little horse,” Robb said.

“His first-up run was really good at Wellington over the 1100m. He has done well since and the 1300m will suit him.

“The wide barrier makes it a bit hard for him but you can win from a wide gate over 1300m at Narromine.

“It’s not that strong and I think he will run well.”

Robb – and last Saturday’s Highway winning jockey, Clayton Gallagher – bring it home on Tuesday with Rubi Air, the daughter of Sheraco Stakes winner Hairy.

“She is on a 10-day turnaround and she has got a wide draw and the 1100m at Narromine will make it hard for her but she has come back a lot bigger and a lot better.

“She runs a lot of seconds but hopefully she can get the cash on Tuesday.”

Originally published as Narromine preview: Trainer Brett Robb set to continue winning ways