THE annual Bligh Picnic Cup is the highlight each year for the oldest picnic race club in Australia, so it is little surprise the race is one Bathurst trainer Paul Theobald has on his radar.
In 2015 Theobald snared the prize when Carinda Girl was first past the post, while last year half a length was all that denied him a repeat as Bathurstian placed second to Consented.
For this year’s edition of the 1,850 metres race to be run on Friday, Theobald’s chances rest with a six-year-old called Tiger’s Story.
So far this campaign the Where’s That Tiger x Gold Babu gelding has finished back in the field when chasing glory in the Bathurst Cup, Orange Cup, Wellington Cup and the Soldier’s Saddle.
But in the $5,000 Bligh Picnic Cup for horses aged three and up, Tiger’s Story will be amongst easier company.
There are still threats for the Bathurst runner – Gayna Williams’ Shadow Affair and Brett Thompson’s Fairisle Miss both last-start winners – but that duo will carry more weight.
The race jumps at 4.20pm.