Forbes chance in country picnic racing's $50,000 final

Wendy Baker with Getting Ready, whose consistent season on the picnic circuit has qualified her for Sunday's $50,000 championship in Dubbo.
Wendy Baker with Getting Ready, whose consistent season on the picnic circuit has qualified her for Sunday's $50,000 championship in Dubbo.

Consistency could pay off for Forbes-trained Getting Ready.

The Wendy Baker-trained mare has qualified for the NSW Picnic Racing Association's $50,000 picnic championship final in Dubbo this Sunday, by placing at every picnic race meeting she's attended this season.

Baker began the mare's campaign with a win at Harden in October last year, ridden by Rose Hill-based jockey Michael Wade.

She had another win at Tottenham in March and Nyngan in July to qualify third for the championship final with 29 points.

Baker says Getting Ready will go up against horses who have won a lot more prize money on Sunday, but she's got her nomination in.

She feels the now eight-year-old mare has just started to hit her straps in the past year.

While she hasn't featured in the winnings at TAB meetings, Baker has been preparing the mare for Sunday's 1400m campaign, the mare typically races over 1100m to 1300m.

Getting Ready's most recent run was at Gulargambone over 1450m. She passed the post at the tail-end of the field, but there was nothing shabby about her efforts.

"There was less than four lengths in the whole field, and they did break a track record," a quietly pleased Baker said.

Importantly, the mare showed no signs of flagging at the distance.

"She likes to get back, then sprints home pretty well," Baker described her racing style, although admitting it causes her supporters some stress.

"We'd like to get her up on the pace, but she doesn't agree with it."

At Gulargambone the field was spread across the width of the track and the mare couldn't make her way through, but she was right up there and her trainer hopes that's a good sign of her capacity for Sunday's run.

The eight-year-old mare will have regular jockey, Rose Hill-based Michael Wade, on board for the main event.