Wicklow Times it right in the Wagga Wagga Cup
A fourth win in the Listed Raine and Horne Wagga Wagga Cup (2000m) for owner Richard Pegum and a fifth for Chris Waller as private purchased Wicklow scored a hard-fought victory in the $200,000 feature on Friday.
Ridden by Brett Prebble, the 5yo son of Twilight Son (GB) came from second last to earn his maiden stakes success.
Lion’s Roar was back with Wicklow on the turn, but Prebble made the first run on the winner. Lion’s Roar charged home to be beaten a nose with the winner’s stablemate Kukeracha, a short-neck back in third.
It earned Wicklow a golden ticket to the $2,000,000 The Big Dance in November. His overall record advances to six wins, a second and three thirds from 18 starts, with earnings of $510,147.
“It’s the 150th Wagga Cup, so it is fantastic, and what a great ride,It’s my fourth Wagga Cup and a wonderful training performance by Chris Waller.” Pegum enthused.
Winning jockey Brett Prebble was making his first trip to Wagga Wagga. “Things didn’t go his way from a horror draw. He is a nice horse, and I think he is still learning his craft. He was a bit on the chewy last time I rode him, but today he was relaxed in the yard and raced accordingly.”