Carolina Reaper and The Spruiker notch second wins of this campaign for Albany trainers
Five-year-old gelding Carolina Reaper recorded his second win this preparation at Percy Spencer Racecourse for Albany trainer Leanne Howlett on Friday.
Carolina Reaper won second-up at the opening meeting in Albany last month before running seventh at Mt Barker.
But he proved too tough for his rivals in the Albany Allsoils Handicap (1600m) winning by a short head on the line over Bentley’s Brother.
Apprentice Kristy Bennett sent the gelding straight to the front and Carolina Reaper dug deep to secure his fourth career victory.
Esperance trainer Helen Harding prepared Recapitulate to win the Amity Motors Handicap (1450m) in dominant fashion.
The consistent galloper recorded his fourth win of the campaign after crushing his rivals by just under four lengths on Friday.
Recapitulate settled midfield in running for Natasha Faithfull before getting a split at the top of the straight and powered clear to easily defeat runner-up Potent Secret.
Leading local trainer Steve Wolfe continued his strong season after The Spruiker recorded a narrow victory in the Albany Stockfeeds Handicap (1450m).
The progressive three-year-old speared through late for Peter Knuckey to grab stablemate Deangles and hold out Fangio to claim race four.
Meanwhile smart filly Toscana showed her impressive turn of foot as she continued her rapid rise through the grades for Wolfe with a superb win at Ascot on Saturday.
Toscana, who broke her maiden status in Mt Barker, settled fourth in the running and hit the lead inside the final 100m to beat the $2.05 favourite Sheza Chalmer by three-quarters of a length.
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