Dynamic duo tickled pink with their golden Orange chances

One the more prominent country-based trainer and jockey combinations is set to grab a handy slice of the prize at Monday’s feature Orange meeting.

The Brett Robb stable at Dubbo, and regular rider Clayton Gallagher, have been quietly building an impressive record across the greater Central West of NSW over the last six months, and it looks set to continue on a moderate seven race card.

Hard graft: Racing is back at Orange today.Credit:Jenny Evans

The pair combine in the opening Benchmark 58 Hcp for the fillies and mares over a flying 1010m with tough sprinting mare Hardly The End who is gunning for a third win from four starts in 2023.

The daughter of Group 1 winner All Too Hard finished best to win a moderate Maiden at Gilgandra in early January before bolting in a BM 58 at Parkes by nearly five lengths, leading from barrier to box.

She then returned home and led for a long way in a race with far more depth, but back on a smaller and tighter turning track, Hardley The End is expected to go very close again.

The pair then re-emerge in another Benchmark 58 over 1290m just 40 minutes later, with one of the more prominent sprinting mares in the region.

Billiethefillie, a four-year-old daughter of speed sire Super One, lines up for her sixth start in seven weeks, having not finished further back than fourth in all those runs, including a dominant win at Bathurst in similar company two starts ago.

A versatile sprinter who can lead or sit off the speed, Billiethefillie will find the smaller Orange course and drop in distance much more to her liking after being run down in a deeper race at Mudgee only eight days ago.

Gallagher in particular has been consistently in the money of late, riding a big priced double that same feature day at Mudgee, and has a 22 percent winning strike rate from his last 40 rides.

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