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First-timers take the gold

Monday, 21st March, 2016

Swan Hill trainer Nathan Hobson with the Golden Harp after Alpha Auriga won the 2016 Outback Cup. Swan Hill trainer Nathan Hobson with the Golden Harp after Alpha Auriga won the 2016 Outback Cup.

By Patrick Reincke

Saturday’s St Pat’s race meeting saw a trainer and jockey make their debut in Broken Hill and walk away with main prize.

Nathan Hobson took home the coveted Gold Harp after his horse, Alpha Auriga, crossed the line first in the 2016 Clubs NSW & Keno Outback Cup.

This was the first time the Swan Hill trainer had brought horses to Broken Hill and he said he was ecstatic with the result.

“It’s my first time having runners here,” he said. “I came up a few years ago and had a look at the place.

“It’s great to bring horses up this year and to win the cup is fantastic.”

After trailing in middle field, Alpha Auriga started to make its run on the outside coming into the final straight. 

Honor The Moment was holding strong at the front and looked to have the race sewn up.

A final burst of acceleration from the five-year-old gelding however, saw it hit the line first by one length ahead of the favourite.

With the second longest odds of the eight horse main event, it was a great win by the underdog.

“It’s a good story this horse,” Mr Hobson said. “We got him for nothing and this is now his sixth win. He loves the dirt, two starts on it for two wins!

“It’s a credit to Chris (Nicoll); he had a great ride on him.”

Mr Nicoll said that it was also his first time in the Silver City and how great it was to ride the Cup winner.

“It’s a massive thrill,” he said.

“We drew the outside gate. We were happy with that because we seemed to believe that the horses were favouring the outside of the track a bit more.

“We were happy to draw out wide, stay out of the kick-back a little bit, make our run early and hopefully hold them off which is what happened.

“It’s been a really enjoyable weekend.”

Nicoll and Hobson tasted success earlier in race five with Stackhouse scoring a cracking win.

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