It would be fitting in many ways if At Twilight wins the Rundles Auctions Wagga Picnic Cup (1800m) on Saturday.
Trainer Tara Vigouroux said At Twilight was nearing the end of her career and part of the reason why she was racing at Wagga was because of her breeding prospects.
In fact, At Twilight could be retired if she wins the feature race at one of Wagga’s biggest race days.
“She is just short of $100,000 in prize money and if she happened to win that would put her past that mark – I would be happy to retire her there and then,” she said.
“She is due to go to stud at Kooringal and that is why we picked out this race at Wagga.”
At Twilight will be ridden by non-claiming apprentice Claire Nutman.
The mare is coming off some solid recent runs which includes a fifth in the Forbes Cup and a win in her next start in the Narromine Cup before unplaced efforts at Wyong and Dubbo.
“It’s the first time I have started a horse at Wagga – it may also be the first time Claire has ridden there,” she said.
“My concern is the 61 kilograms. The race isn’t as strong as what she has been running in so hopefully her class can get her home.”
Vigouroux, who trains in partnership with her husband Phil at Hawkesbury, owns a major share of At Twilight who has proven her worth as a racehorse.
“We bought her as a yearling for $12,000 and she has won close to $100,000. Claire rides her most of the time and it would be nice if she could finish her career off with a win,” she added.
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