Quirky Caress Your Soul overcomes bad barrier manners
Visiting Keysbrook trainer Reb-ecca Shanks tasted sweet success in her first trip to Albany when Caress Your Soul saluted on Sunday’s Albany Cup card.
Rated perfectly in front by apprentice Chloe Azzopardi, the five-year-old mare held off all challenges in the last few strides to win by a nose over Danehill Storm in the Kiddle Family Handicap (1230m).
Part-owner Alistair Cheywidden said the horse had plenty of quirks but it was a satisfying result.
“She flew the gates, went to the top and then held them all at bay; it was really tough win,” he said.
“She’s a bit hard to handle. She was little bit flighty behind the gates but we are very happy with how she handled the track and with the win.”
Beaux Banovic-Edwards notched a double on Albany Cup day card after partnering Tranquilla Sunrise and Thunder Boom to victory in races six and four respectively.
The Roy Rogers-trained Tranquilla Sunrise made it four in a line after leading all the way, while Thunder Boom upset the hot $1.70 favourite and WA Oaks contender Mood Goddess.
Wild Fusion was able to land a second win this preparation for Liam O’Loughlin, claiming the last race with Natasha Faithfull in the saddle.
Azzopardi was fined $300 for breaching the whip rule in race five while Brodie Kirby was reprimanded in race one for careless riding.
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