Smart two-year-old filly Hoi An delivered Albany trainer Roy Rogers his first Group 3 success when she won Saturday’s $150,000 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) at Ascot. Hoi Ann has firmed into equal second favourite at $7 with TABtouch for the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate on Saturday week following her impressive victory. The Longma filly settled midfield in running and was held up in the home straight before jockey Shaun O’Donnell extricated her into clear running and she charged home to gun down Policiere in the final 50m and win by half a length. O’Donnell was suspended for 21 days for careless riding in the race. Hoi An will now head straight to the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate, a feature event for two-year-old horses on April 3 at Ascot. Owned by Mt Hallowell Stud and Craig Thompson, Hoi An broke her maiden status at her second start at Bunbury in January and then returned from a short let-up to run third to Liwa in the listed Supremacy Stakes earlier this month. Rogers was thrilled to win his first Group race in an already career-best season. “Not just to do it in the bush, it was really satisfying,” Rogers said. “All the hard work is slowly paying off. “Hoi An has pulled up extremely well. She’s quite tough. “She went to the paddock for three weeks, then we had three weeks to get her ready for the Supremacy and then into this, and so far the plan has worked. “It’s imperative she draws a gate in the Karrakatta, but the quicker they go the better she likes it.” Stablemate Heavenly Waters ran sixth in the Gimcrack and Rogers said she was on track for the 2YO feature, listed as a $21 chance yesterday. Fellow Albany runner Ex Sport Man finished sixth in the listed $150,000 Perth Stakes (1100m) for trainer Steve Wolfe. The Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winner was slow out of the gate and was last of the nine runners before making up some late ground to finish sixth, beaten more than three lengths. He is a $10 chance in the Karrakatta market. Luke’s Gold ran third in the listed $100,000 Grandstand Cup at Ascot on Saturday for Rogers, taking his career prize money above $400,000.