Late kick by William Pike-steered Supersession pinches Tabtouch Fitzpatrick Plate triumph for Adam Durrant
It took every inch of the 1230m Albany Racing Club track for trainer Adam Durrant’s race favourite Supersession to pinch victory in the Tabtouch Fitzpatrick Plate on Sunday.
The leading Perth stable was up against some worthy competition, including last year’s winner Strathmore Rose, but held on to win by half a head ahead of Beau Zoom and Resonator in a lightning-fast finish.
Resonator did most of the pacemaking early in the $125,000 feature race, while Supersession steered by Perth racing legend William Pike nestled deep in the pack.
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With about 200m to go, Supersession was alongside Beau Zoom and still four lengths behind former Eastern Stater Resonator.
Still with 100m to go, Pike needed to find a full body length on Beau Zoom who had taken the lead.
But Pike helped Supersession find another gear to storm home and snatch victory from Beau Zoom ($8) and Resonator ($12) in dramatic fashion.
The victory marked 10 years since owners Peter Rogers and John Blackburn ran second in the Albany feature race with Supersession’s mother, Talk of Angels.
Durrant’s stable foreman Jordan Rolfe, who accepted the plate on behalf of the stable, said it was a great win given his position throughout the race.
“It was really good to get the win and it was really good to get a result when it counted,” Rolfe said.
“Yeah definitely (nervous throughout the race), he had a torrid run throughout and sat deep but we’re really proud of the horse to be able to hold on and get the result.
“This seems to be his trip and his grade so we will monitor his recovery and then reassess after that.”
The Durrant stable brought six horses to Albany but were made to wait until the feature race before they could celebrate a win.
Rolfe admitted it was not the ideal start to the season for their stable, but the win would boost their confidence.
“We have pretty lofty standards and we haven’t got the season off to a super start so far,” he said.
“Hopefully this gives us a little bit of momentum and gets the ball rolling into the back half of the season.”
Rolfe said it was great for a jockey of William Pike’s calibre to come to Albany and showcase his talents in feature races such as the Tabtouch Fitzpatrick Cup.
“It’s good for a leading jockey and leading stable to come down here,” he said.
“He rides the best horses and he wins them, so it’s good.”
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