Another second for Karrakatta bound 2YO

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Karrakatta Plate prospect Arrum Boy has recorded his second consecutive minor placing after his luckless effort behind Galveston Bay in Saturday’s MPA Skills Plate (1000m) at Ascot but will press onto the two-year-old feature.

Backed into $2.20 favourite, Arrum Boy settled down on the rail for jockey Peter Hall but was held up behind leader Cognac in the home straight .

The Steve Wolfe-trained youngster hit the line strongly late to finish second, beaten 1½ lengths by the Trevor Andrews-prepared winner.

After finishing second on debut, Wolfe confirmed he would start in the $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 1 if he gets into the final field.

Emerging stayer War Ksar also produced a strong performance later in the day, running fourth over 1800m in the final race on the card.

Ridden by Hall, the five-year-old was caught deep in running but with cover and ran home well from ninth on the corner to finish 1½ lengths from the winner Eleven Seconds.

Talented Albany mare Canna Lily returned to Saturday class and ran a bold race for trainer Neil Lee.

The Blackfriars mare, fresh off successive wins in the Great Southern, was midfield in running and challenged at the top of the home straight before tiring to run fifth beaten less than five lengths.

Meanwhile Albany jockey Casey Hunter has enjoyed a successful day at Norseman on Saturday, taking out the feature race aboard local galloper Galinba Blast.

Trained by Pingrup’s Alan Smith, Galinba Blast started favourite in the $10,000 The Shire Of Dundas Norseman Cup (1900m) and sat just off leader Frank Heavens before Hunter pounced to boot the versatile galloper home by 1¼ lengths.

Hunter also guided Key To The World, also trained by Smith, in the IGA And Railway Motel Handicap (1400m) earlier in the day.

She also ran second on the Tekapo Tango for Albany trainer Gerry Hughes in race 2.

The Mingenew Cup meeting was also held on Saturday and Albany hoop Natasha Faithfull scored a win aboard Glowing Rock.

The Jacquelyn Scott-trained galloper won by a nose on the line for Faithfull in the S&C Smart & Erregulla Plains Sprint (1200m).

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