Lane’s classy customer returns with a bang
Classy sprinter Spin Da Wheels resumed in sizzling fashion, scoring an impressive first-up win in the USG Boral Handicap (1230m) at Albany on Sunday for visiting trainer Michael Lane.
Spin Da Wheels had not run since August last year but after two recent barrier trials was ready to roll first-up as jockey Chris Parnham had the veteran in a lovely spot midfield before running home strongly.
The seven-year-old jumped well from barrier one and lumped 59kg as he held off the brave $2.90 favourite Happy Harry by ¾ of a length.
It was a 10th career win in 55 starts for Spin Da Wheels, who will be aimed at winter sprint races according to Lane.
“He’s come back super and is a great old horse,” Lane said. “He trialled well and is as sound as he’s ever been.
“I’d say we might bring him back here again and then wait for the wet tracks at Belmont and aim him for a few races there.”
Parnham, however, copped an 11-day careless riding ban at the meeting, for causing interference on Tripeletto in race four.
He will begin the suspension after York’s meeting yesterday and is back to ride on Karrakatta Plate and WA Oaks day.
Albany Cup winning jockey Peter Hall finished with a double on the nine-race program after tasting success with the Cliff Green-trained Nun Of That in the Helloworld Lower York Handicap (1500m).
Hall then went on to claim the major feature race with Push To Pass, his fourth victory in the long-running cup.
Albany trainer Liam O’Loughlin won the final race with smart mare Prix D’Excellence and debutant Shoestring took out the opener.
Meanwhile local hoop Mitchell Pateman rode a treble in Kalgoorlie on Good Friday and also had a win at Ascot on Saturday while Albany apprentice Casey Hunter took out Saturday’s Dongara Cup on long shot Sea Tryst.
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