Jetson Express and Ready To Fire charge into Cup mix

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Staying duo Jetson Express and Ready To Fire will head to Sunday’s $100,000 Albany Cup (2070m) after they both scored impressive wins on the bumper 10-race card at Percy Spencer Racecourse last Thursday.

Seven-year-old gelding Jetson Express returned to the stables of owner Alan Smith for his 41st start and he proved too strong for his rivals in the Breakfast With The Stars Wed 12th April 630am Handicap (1900m).

Jumping a $4.30 chance on the tote in a wide open race, the son of Danehill Express was quietly ridden by Glenn Smith and turned for home last of the 10 runners before charging to the line to edge out Elite Flight by a short neck.

Smith said his versatile galloper, who has won from distances of 1200m to 1900m, will be nominated for the region’s premier staying feature race.

“We’ll nominate him for the cup and have a look at it,” he said.

“There is not a lot around for him so we’ll probably head that way.

“Glenn rode him a treat — he’s just a goer.”

Meanwhile at just her second start for Albany trainer Roy Rogers, Ready To Fire produced a terrific finish to win the St John Ambulance Volunteers Handicap (1900m).

Ready To Fire shoots clear for Shaun O'Donnell to win the St John Ambulance Volunteer Handicap (1900m) in Albany last Thursday.
Camera IconReady To Fire shoots clear for Shaun O'Donnell to win the St John Ambulance Volunteer Handicap (1900m) in Albany last Thursday. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The five-year-old mare was settled midfield on the rail after jumping from gate two for hoop Shaun O’Donnell before peeling out around the corner and then rocketing through an opening in the final 200m, downing a gallant My Names Bruce by half a length.

Rogers had Ready To Fire nominated for last month’s washed out Mt Barker Cup and will now press on to the Albany Cup.

“I’ve only had her six weeks,” Rogers said.

“She’s won two Saturday races and the owner was supremely confident today.

“I’ve been very happy with the horse; I do all the work on her.

Jockey Shaun O'Donnell with the Roy Rogers-trained Ready To Fire after their win last Thursday.
Camera IconJockey Shaun O'Donnell with the Roy Rogers-trained Ready To Fire after their win last Thursday. Credit: Albany Advertiser

“She is difficult to ride but I just stepped up her work after Mt Barker was off.

“The further they go, the better she’ll go.”

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