HE'S part of a small punters club of mates who "don't have much idea", but Wagga's Rob Meggison hopes a punt on an up-and-comer will come up trumps after they earned a slot in Saturday's $700,000 Four Pillars at Rosehill on Saturday.
Meggison is in a punter's club of eight with friends he has played rugby with in Sydney in the past, but COVID rules means he won't be able to attend the track with the others.
The syndicate settled on Cream Rises for their slot, a four-year-old gelding trained by Goulburn's Kylie Gavenlock, to be ridden by top jockey Nash Rawiller.
The $26 shot drew badly in barrier 16 of the 18-horse field for the 1500m race designed for midway trainers.
They are one of five Wagga slots in the race. William Farrer Hotel's Super Punters Club will be represented by Grace Bay (barrier 13, $26) and Too Good To Be Tru (barrier 11, $26).
A syndicate whom local businessman Jackson Oehm purchased tickets for chose third-favourite Dufresne ($7.50).
The Anthony Cummings-trained horse attracted strong interest in the market after he drew favourably in barrier five on Wednesday.
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He will also carry just 51.5kg with a 3kg claim after Riverina apprentice Tyler Schiller landed the biggest ride of his career so far since moving to Sydney this year.
Wagga's other representative is Dalaalaat ($21), who will run for George Whitmore's syndicate.
Six of the eight punters in Meggison's syndicate will be looked after in a private box at Randwick, thanks to one of the members' association with John Singleton through work, but Meggison will have to settle for watching from home.
"I can't get up there but it's exciting for the syndicate," Meggison said.
"We bought 400 tickets for $2000 all up. We had some money in our account so we thought bugger it, let's get some tickets and see how we go."
The syndicate is hopeful Cream Rises has rediscovered the form of its first preparation.
He won his first two races, but failed to beat a runner home in his last two races since his return.
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