Red-hot Kirby eyes local win
In-form apprentice jockey Brodie Kirby will take a strong book of rides in Albany today as he attempts to continue his purple patch of form this time in the Great Southern.
Kirby has been in red-hot form this season with 35 winners already, which included riding four winners at Geraldton on Sunday and seven victories at the past two Esperance meetings.
The 22-year-old sits second only to champion jockey William Pike in the WA country premiership, and is out to add to his sole Great Southern victory with a book of six rides this afternoon.
Kirby will partner strong chances Blustery and Marchand for Ascot co-trainers Robert and Todd Harvey while also taking the mount on the Paul Hunter-trained Ashalily.
Ashalily stormed home from near last to run second by a length to I Don’t Like It at Mt Barker late last month.
The five-year-old has drawn well in barrier three and will carry 52.5kg after Kirby’s claim in the field of 13 runners.
Kirby will also partner Crafty Maddie, Dream Merger and Queen Tori in the eight-race card.
Randy Tan currently leads the Great Southern apprentice jockey standings with three victories, two ahead of a host of riders including Kirby.
Leading Albany trainer Steve Wolfe will saddle up nine runners this afternoon as he looks to add to his tally of 15 winners here this season.
Wolfe rated Chasing Chaos and Jester Ferrari as two of his main chances on the card with apprentice Shelby Colgate jumping back into the saddle aboard Chasing Chaos.
Chasing Chaos will carry 60.5kg in the XXXX Gold Handicap (1512m) and is one of three Wolfe hopes in the race.
There have been several riding changes for today’s meeting with Lucy Warwick (injured) and Peter Knuckey (ill) both been replaced on their rides.
Cameron Newbold’s Albany selections
Race 1: Myarena
Race 2: Jester Rock
Race 3: Sportshouse Dream
Race 4: Uptown Funk
Race 5: Count Kala
Race 6: Naturaliste
Race 7: Saint Stephen
Race 8: Sassenach
Best Bet: Count Kala
Value: Uptown Funk
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