Dominant pair battle for trainers’ title

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Starorio, ridden by Shaun O’Donnell, was a smart maiden winner.
Camera IconStarorio, ridden by Shaun O’Donnell, was a smart maiden winner. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Another week of local racing brings another story of success for close rivals Steve Wolfe and Roy Rogers.

The leading local trainers are in an entertaining battle for the Great Southern Trainers’ Premiership honours.

Rogers had a winning double after veteran sprinter Potent Secret broke a 761-day winning drought in the opening race and then three-year-old Read The Riot Act made it two wins in three starts since joining the Rogers stable in race five.

Both were ridden by Daniel Staeck, who has skipped well clear in the jockeys’ standings after a brilliant season thus far.

Staeck has formed a strong association with Rogers this season and is seven wins clear of his nearest rival after last Thursday’s double took him to 13 victories.

Read The Riot Act responds to jockey Daniel Staeck, on their way to victory over 1100m in Albany last Thursday.
Camera IconRead The Riot Act responds to jockey Daniel Staeck, on their way to victory over 1100m in Albany last Thursday.

Wolfe had another dominant day at his home base with a winning treble highlighted by emerging galloper Go Crying.

Go Crying unleashed a big finish under the urgings of talented apprentice Jade McNaught, storming from ninth on the turn to edge out stablemate Merit Dream by a neck in the Aqua Ice Handicap (1600m).

It was a second win this campaign for Go Crying, who lumped 58kg to victory.

Wolfe landed a quinella in the final race and race 2, where Starorio defeated What About Moses by a long neck.

The Wolfe treble was rounded out by Jester Rock, in the Nexus Risk Handicap (1500m) to make it nine wins from 59 career starts.

Wolfe leads the trainers’ standings with 19 wins, with Rogers on 16.

Albany trainer Stephen Sheehy notched his second winner of the season with tough sprinter Its Not Trading in a tight finish of race 7.

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