My Greek Boy, Daisy Express strengthen their feature race claims
Current joint leaders in the Great Southern horse of the year title, Daisy Express and My Greek Boy, have firmed for their respective upcoming feature races after victories in Albany last Thursday.
My Greek Boy has been in scintillating form in Albany this season, winning four of his five starts at Percy Spencer Racecourse and his most recent win was again impressive, carrying 59kg as he charged up alongside the rail to win the Zenith Laundry Handicap (1230m).
Ridden by Peter Hall, the highly talented four-year-old landed in a perfect position just off leaders Long Knife and Blizzard Express before displaying his brilliant turn of foot to sprint clear and win by 1 ¼ lengths over Niccatrice.
The Myboycharlie gelding, who has an imposing record of five wins from six starts at the track, will now be saved for the $75,000 Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m) run in Albany on April 16.
“We could have gone to Bunbury with him but we’ll wait for the Fitzpatrick Plate now,” trainer Steve Wolfe said. “He’s going to get around 55.5kg in that so at that weight he’s a chance.
“He’s had plenty of racing so he won’t start till then — we will just keep him sharp.”
Daisy Express, who has also notched four wins in the Great Southern this season, strengthened her claims on Sunday’s $35,000 XXXX Gold Mt Barker Cup (2000m) after a dominant display in the Triple M Radio Handicap (1920m) last week.
After running 12th in the Esperance Cup on March 5, the Mark Bairstow-trained stayer was supported into $6 on the tote and was put into the race by jockey Mitchell Pateman nearing the home corner.
The four-year-old had plenty to offer in the straight as she found another gear late to power over Desired View and Striking Star and win by half a length.
“It was a good strong win — she is racing terrific and has held that form for a long time,” Bairstow said.
“We’ll push onto the Mt Barker Cup; hopefully it will suit her.
“Anywhere around that 1900-2000m distance doesn’t seem to worry her.
“She may even get further because she seems to hit top speed and then grind races out strongly.”
The pair are at the top of the horse of the year standings with four wins, while another winner from last week, Hostwin Pegasus, is in the mix with three victories.
The rising Peter Western-prepared sprinter won a thrilling finish in the M&C Security Handicap (1100m), edging out Vigorhesta by a half-head, with Fringed the same margin away in third.
The former Eastern States galloper has now won five of 21 career starts, including three of his past six for Western.
Bairstow galloper Portonian is also on three wins for the 2016-17 season.
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