Albany trainer Paul Hunter hopes to round out the Great Southern season on a winning note

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Track rider Jess Gray with the Paul Hunter trained Dolly’s Dream at Princess Royal Harbour.
Camera IconTrack rider Jess Gray with the Paul Hunter trained Dolly’s Dream at Princess Royal Harbour. Credit: Laurie Benson

Long-time Albany trainer Paul Hunter will be out to finish the Great Southern season on a winning note, with today’s eight-race card at Percy Spencer Racecourse closing one of the most eventful local seasons.

The COVID-19 pandemic has failed to stop racing in WA and the Great Southern and Hunter will saddle up two runners at the final meeting, in his bid to make it a successful finish.

Hunter initially had three runners entered but promising mare Dolly’s Dream has since been scratched.

Hunter has enjoyed a consistent season that has returned eight winners and 14 minor placings to sit third in the Great Southern Trainers’ premiership.

He labelled last-start runner-up Sax On Que and progressive galloper Take Me Home Honey as both winning hopes today.

“I think Sax On Que and Take Me Home Honey are our best two chances,” Hunter said.

“We are trying Dolly’s Dream over a bit more ground.

“Dolly’s Dream and Take Me Home Honey will be forward in running and I expect Sax On Que to settle midfield.

“I think we’ve had a pretty good season and chipped away without having a standout horse.”

The Paul Hunter-trained Dolly's Dream enjoys a walk in the water with track rider Jess Gray on Wednesday.
Camera IconThe Paul Hunter-trained Dolly's Dream enjoys a walk in the water with track rider Jess Gray on Wednesday. Credit: Laurie Benson

Consistent stayer Take Me Home Honey will be looking to notch her third win in four starts when she tackles eight rivals in race five over 2100m for red-hot hoop Kyra Yuill.

The rising four-year-old has drawn gate one and will do battle with last-start winner Mr Pago.

Six-year-old gelding Sax On Que lines up in the Eden Road Racing Handicap (1100m) for Jerry Noske after a strong finish to run second to Athlone Castle last week.

Promising mare Dolly’s Dream was set to jump up 450m in distance and takes on a competitive field in the Bremer Bay Resort Handicap (1500m) but has been scratched.

The final meeting of the year has attracted strong fields, Leading trainer Steve Wolfe has 11 runners engaged as he looks to add to his tally of 36 winners.

Wolfe’s consistent stayer Mr Pago will be looking to notch a fifth win to tie with evergreen 10-year-old Tranquilla Sunrise for horse of the year honours.

Leading jockey Brodie Kirby will not make the trip down to Albany.

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