Wolfe and Rogers in ab­sorb­ing bat­tle af­ter week­end wins

Albany Advertiser - - RACING - Cameron New­bold

The early bat­tle be­tween top Al­bany train­ers Steve Wolfe and Roy Rogers con­tin­ued at Percy Spencer Race­course on Sun­day, as both found them­selves in the win­ner’s cir­cle.

Wolfe held a two-win ad­van­tage over Rogers af­ter six meet­ings but wins from new sta­ble ac­qui­si­tion Read The Riot Act and then My Girl Chilly in the first four races shot Rogers to 10 wins.

In the open­ing part of the eigh­trace card, Wolfe also tasted suc­cess, how­ever, with filly Merit Dream win­ning her first start for a new sta­ble and then the ever-con­sis­tent Chas­ing Chaos break­ing a 505-day win­ning drought to push Wolfe to 12 vic­to­ries.

Wolfe then saluted in the fi­nal race of the day, with tal­ented sprinter Cap­ti­vated Point con­tin­u­ing his bril­liant Al­bany record, to se­cure a win­ning tre­ble.

Cap­ti­vated Point was per­fectly rid­den by Shaun McGruddy in the Bliss Nails & Beauty Hand­i­cap (1100m) sit­ting just off the speed be­fore pounc­ing in the home straight to chalk up a sixth win in Al­bany from 10 starts at the track.

Wolfe was hope­ful Merit Dream, pre­vi­ously trained by Trevor An­drews, could win an­other race in the Great South­ern this sea­son af­ter beat­ing Sure Con­vic­tion by a nose in the Whale Watch WA Maiden (1500m).

Lo­cal rider Shelby Col­gate ex­tended her lead in the Ap­pren- tice Jock­eys’ Premier­ship af­ter a fourth win in the re­gion this sea­son, boot­ing home Chas­ing Chaos, who ended a run of three con­sec­u­tive mi­nor plac­ings.

Rogers was bullish on his ac­qui­si­tion from the An­drews sta­ble, Read The Riot Act, which raced greenly but at his fourth ca­reer start, while My Girl Chilly was orig­i­nally des­tined to run in the Golden Bracelet but an eas­ier 1600m op­tion led to her win­ning a sec­ond ca­reer race.

Peter Knuckey and Natasha Faith­full were both fined $250 for whip breaches at the meet­ing and Mar­gays re­turned with sore­ness from race 2 and was re­tired.

Golden Bracelet run­ner Prix D’Ex­cel­lence died fol­low­ing the fil­lies and mares fea­ture race where she fin­ished sixth.

Ste­wards ad­vised the horse suf­fered a sus­pected car­diac ar­rhyth­mia, dy­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion of club vet­eri­nar­ian Shey Rogers, and rou­tine sam­ples were taken.

It was a sad set of cir­cum­stances for Al­bany trainer Liam O’Lough­lin and con­nec­tions, with O’Lough­lin win­ning the past two edi­tions of the race.

Ap­pren­tice Shelby Col­gate wins the Aqua Ice Hand­i­cap (1500m) on Chas­ing Chaos.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

You Am I skips clear for jockey Wil­liam Pike to edge out Go Cry­ing in Sun­day’s Al­bany Stock Feeds Hand­i­cap (1450m).

Jockey Daniel Staeck brings the Roy Rogers-trained Read The Riot Act back af­ter win­ning the Bre­mer Bay Re­sort Maiden (1230m).

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