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Albany trainers Roy Rogers and Steve Wolfe dominate Ladies Day racing card with six of the eight winners

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Sneaky Fox wins the Specsplus East Vic Park Handicap (1240m) with Chris Nicoll aboard, one of four winners for Roy Rogers.
Camera IconSneaky Fox wins the Specsplus East Vic Park Handicap (1240m) with Chris Nicoll aboard, one of four winners for Roy Rogers. Credit: Laurie Benson

Leading Albany trainers Roy Rogers and Steve Wolfe dominated the eight-race program in Albany on Saturday.

Rogers finished with four winners and Wolfe saddled up a winning double on Ladies Day.

Visiting trainer Sharon Miller won the feature race, the $40,000 Ladies Bracelet, while co-trainers Dan and Ben Pearce also tasted success but the rest of the program belonged to Albany’s two biggest stables.

Who By Fire, Sneaky Fox, Artie’s Comet and God’s Moment all saluted for the Rogers stable, taking his tally to 22 winners in the Great Southern this season.

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Jockey Brayden Gaerth brings the Roy Rogers-trained God's Moment back after success in Albany on Ladies Day.
Camera IconJockey Brayden Gaerth brings the Roy Rogers-trained God's Moment back after success in Albany on Ladies Day. Credit: Laurie Benson

Four-year-old Who By Fire was an impressive winner of the Michael Gardiner Maiden (1600m), getting home strongly for jockey Brayden Gaerth to win by 1.2 lengths.

Sneaky Fox chalked up a third win this preparation when he came from fourth on the turn to win race three over 1240m for Rogers and hoop Chris Nicoll.

Punters heavily backed Sneaky Fox into $1.80 on the tote and he carried 59.5kg on his way to beating home Vrum by one length.

Nicoll made it a riding double when he booted Artie’s Comet to victory in the Wellington & Reeves Handicap (1600m).

Chris Nicoll, second from left wins the Wellington and Reeves Handicap (1600m) with Artie's Comet..
Camera IconChris Nicoll, second from left wins the Wellington and Reeves Handicap (1600m) with Artie's Comet.. Credit: Laurie Benson

Artie’s Comet ($6.90) raced wide for much of the event but was far too strong in the sprint home and defeated Brave Contender by half a length at the line.

Rising mare God’s Moment completed Rogers’ big day, winning the ARC Life Members Handicap (1100m).

Gaerth rode a smart race aboard the six-year-old, who won by more than a length over fast-finishing Fly Better.

After finishing ninth in the recent Mandurah Cup, Classic Rouge produced a slashing win for Wolfe in race four.

Ridden by Natasha Faithfull, Classic Rouge settled near last in the 1500m race but charged home to win by more than two lengths.

It was the third victory over 1500m for the Dick Turpin gelding.

Wolfe made it a winning double with Rebel Man in the final event on the card, with apprentice Cassey Martinan getting the best out of him late to win by 1.6 lengths over $3 favourite Bentley Beau.

Faithfull rode Budgerigar to victory in race two for the Pearce stable, then claimed the fillies and mares feature race with Paigey’s Turn to land a winning treble on her home track.

Natasha Faithfull brings the Steve Wolfe-trained Classic Rogue back after victory in Albany.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull brings the Steve Wolfe-trained Classic Rogue back after victory in Albany. Credit: Laurie Benson

The start of Saturday’s Albany Racing Club meeting was pushed back significantly because of airline delays, with jockeys and officials stranded in Perth for some time.

The first race started at 2.10pm and the last race was held after 6pm, and the clerk of the course had to help remove kangaroos from the track before the race started.

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