Four wins in Whiting masterclass
Jockey Jason Whiting has delivered a wet weather masterclass, winning the first four races on a dominant day at Percy Spencer Racecourse last Thursday.
Albany’s eight-race meeting was under threat from firstly heavy rain and then transport issues with poor visibility at the Albany Airport but when the racing began, it was Whiting that proved the star of the show.
The experienced hoop rode the first four winners and his tally easily could have been five as he finished runner-up on Toru Waimarie in race 5.
Whiting was about eight-year-old mare Canna Lily in the opening race, grabbing leader Corporate Larrikin in the final 100m to end a 735-day drought for trainer Neil Lee.
The win held up the recent Narrogin Cup form lines, that race won by Truly Gold who subsequently came out to claim the Esperance Cup.
Canna Lily finished fifth in the Narrogin Cup and will now be in the frame to contest next month’s Mt Barker Cup.
Our Girl Marli ended a run of four consecutive minor placings by winning the Zoetis Maiden (1500m) for Whiting and then debutant Dynamite Bay took out race 3.
Trained by Gerry Hughes, Dynamite Bay was destined to never race after numerous issues but plenty of patience from connections was rewarded as the four-year-old edged out Raging Rocket by a long neck.
“He has taken plenty of time but that’s an encouraging start,” Hughes said.
“We’ll give him a bit of racing now providing he pulls up good.”
Whiting rounded out his winning day with Big Summer, who spanked his rivals by 8 ¾ lengths in a slashing performance over 1925m as he led from start to finish.
Big Summer relished the soft 7 track as he was booted clear nearing the home corner by Whiting and finished panels in front of the rest of the field for the Paul Hunter stable.
Albany trainer Roy Rogers also closed the gap on Steve Wolfe in the Great Southern trainers’ title, after notching a treble with Notta Mocha, Malilangwe and Tranqullia Sunrise.
The three wins lifted Rogers to 21.5 wins, now just shading Wolfe (23 wins).
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