Fiocchi collars back-to-back B&W Rural Boolooroo Cups

Moree trainer Peter Sinclair collected his 11th consecutive B&W Rural Boolooroo Cup at Moree picnic races on Saturday – round one of bush racing’s Golden Triangle – when popular grey gelding Fiocchi led throughout to narrowly win the history-laden race.

Sinclair has trained every Boolooroo Cup winner since 2012 – and 16 in total since 1995.

Sahara Bounty started Sinclair’s Boolooroo Cup dominance 28 years ago, with subsequent winners Midas Boy (2000-2001), Nepelle (2003), Jazzmaker (2007), Crystal Club (2012), Joppick (2013), Tapakeg (2014), One Double (2015), Dungiven (2016), Track Flash (2017-2018-2019), Liberty Head (2021) and Fiocchi (2022-2023) rounding out the trainer’s golden run.

Ricky Blewitt unsaddles Fiocchi after winning the 2023 B&W Rural Boolooroo Cup at Moree picnic races (Image Copyright).

The Boolooroo Cup per se was not scheduled in 2020, when COVID-19 forced Racing NSW to hold a crowd-free “Clayton’s” meeting at Moree. Six trophy races, embracing Moree, Mallawa and Talmoi picnic race clubs, were conducted.

On Saturday, Fiocchi was chasing back-to-back Boolooroo Cups after winning the previous year from subsequent NSW Picnic Championships Final winner Hemsted.

Fiocchi joined dual winners Thalaba, Mulgate, Sarah Bay, Royal Toga, Dandy Secret, Carva Niche, Sahara Bounty, Midas Boy and Track Flash when top hoop Ricky Blewitt took the grey straight to the front.

“He’s a nice little horse, has some funny ways, but to me he’s untapped – he’s going to be alright when he works it all out,” Blewitt said.

Sinclair trains Fiocchi for the Our Next New Horse Syndicate, wife Jenny, and Moree Race Club president Rob Mather.

“The horse was fit and strong, and it didn’t really bother me when he went to the front like that,” Sinclair said.

Fiocchi ($1.60fav) made every post a winner to score by a neck from Connie Greig’s fast-finishing Cheeky Nugget ($2.80) with Jane Clement’s Hardyo ($5) a similar margin away third.

Sinclair is uncertain whether Fiocchi will start at Mallawa over the June long weekend however there is a chance the grey could back up at a picnic meeting at Coonamble next Saturday.

“He’s not real keen on dirt tracks so there’s a question mark over Mallawa, but we’ll definitely look at the Coonamble meeting,” Sinclair said.

Saturday’s win gave Fiocchi seven points as he strives for a berth in the $50,000 NSW Picnic Championships Final (1400m) at Coonamble on October 22.

Moree trainer Doug Fernando also welcomed a return to the winners’ circle when tough mare Lady Cornelia easily won the 1600m Aircair Aviation Class 2 Handicap under the guidance of emerging picnic jockey Zara Lewis.

Lady Cornelia ($2.50) pounced in the straight to score by a length from Connie Greig’s Pahang ($1.80fav) with Sue Bigg’s Fu Lum ($17) two-and-a-half lengths away third.

Bush racing’s Golden Triangle heads to Mallawa on Saturday, June 10 with Talmoi scheduled for Saturday, June 24.

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