Rogers backs grey to shine in Fitzpatrick Plate
Rising sprinter Candlelight Star can overcome a heavy weight impost and a wide draw to win Sunday’s cracking edition of the $75,000 XXXX Gold Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m), according to Albany trainer Roy Rogers.
The Rogers-prepared galloper was a brilliant winner at Ascot last Saturday, settling midfield before blasting home down the outside to a dominant 1¼ length win over Gigante in the Red Shoe Society Handicap (1200m).
Candlelight Star broke his maiden status in Albany last April but has been in red-hot form this campaign which includes three Saturday-grade wins at Ascot.
Rogers was bullish about the chances of his star grey, one of his three chances in the rich sprint feature.
“Candlelight Star is my best chance,” Rogers said.
“His win the other day was really strong.
“He’s at his peak for this run even with the weight.
“There is a lot of pace in the race which I think suits him right down to the ground, he’ll get back and be running on.”
Jockey Jerry Noske continues her strong association with Candlelight Star but the pair will have to overcome 59kg and barrier 11 to give Rogers his first Fitzpatrick Plate.
Rogers will also have listed Summer Scorcher winner Potent Secret and last-start Albany winner Kronstadt in the race.
Potent Secret will be lumped with 63kg as topweight while Kronstadt gets in on the minimum 54kg and has drawn well in gate two for apprentice Casey Hunter.
Albany trainer Lyn Kiddle believes she has defending Fitzpatrick Plate champion Run Liam Run in top shape ahead of his second crack at the event.
Run Liam Run, a winner at seven of 17 starts, was placed at three of four starts at Ascot this season before a spell and worked impressively at Percy Spencer Racecourse yesterday.
“The horse is happy and working well,” Kiddle said.
“I couldn’t have him any better but this is without a doubt a better field than last year.
“He has really matured and has never disgraced himself up at Ascot.”
Lisa Staples will ride the explosive six-year-old who drew barrier and will carry 56kg.
My Greek Boy, who has an exceptional Albany record, carries 55.5kg and will jump from barrier 9 for rider Shaun McGruddy.
McGruddy made the trip to Albany yesterday to gallop the Steve Wolfe-trained star on the course proper.
Albany trainer Mark Nelson has a high opinion of his runner Secret Minx, who resumes from a spell with Glenn Smith aboard.
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