A lucky late pick-up ride has put Peter Robl back into the spotlight after No Hesitation produced a barnstorming finish to win the aptly named Return To Racing Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Robl has only been back riding since April 18 after breaking his collarbone in January and the Clarry Conners-trained juvenile provided him with his first city winner since the jockey’s return.
Robl only secured the ride on race morning after last Saturday’s Group I-winning rider Josh Parr succumbed to a virus.
“Sometimes one man’s misfortune can be another man’s gain,” Robl said. “Anyway, Josh had his moment in the sun on Saturday.”
Robl said the addition of blinkers to No Hesitation’s raceday attire “switched him on” and the son of Not A Single Double charged home from back in the field to score by 1-1/2 lengths.
“Clarry said to me before the race he thinks the horse goes pretty good and that he does,” Robl said. “When he grabbed the bit coming the turn he towed me into it and when we got to the outside he exploded.
“From about the 200 metres I knew he had them covered.”
Conners said he’d consider a Brisbane trip now for No Hesitation.
“I didn’t nominate him for the T J Smith but I’ll look at a late nom,” he said. “He’ll run again here [in Sydney] in a Saturday race and we’ll go from there.”