Rogers confident sprinter can bounce back

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Albany galloper Potent Secret will look to bounce back in his second run back from a spell when he contests Saturday’s Listed $100,000 H.G Bolton Sprint (1200m) at Belmont Park.

The Roy Rogers-trained sprinter was spelled after his ninth in the Northam Stakes back in May and then returned in the Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) on July 15.

In his first-up effort, the six-year-old finished seventh behind It’s It after sitting on speed and fading late to be beaten by 4¼ lengths.

Jockey Jerry Noske will take the ride on the classy sprinter, who will carry 54kg and jump from barrier five in the small field of eight runners.

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Potent Secret, a winner in 11 of his 34-race career, won his first black-type race in December after success in the Summer Scorcher and Rogers believes the son of Secret Remedy will be far more competitive this weekend.

“The first-up run was like a trial but he’s never been really good first-up,” Rogers said.

“As he’s got older he’s become a better 1200m horse than over 1000m.

“He came back 20kg heavier than last campaign and I expect him to go well in this field.”

Fellow Albany trainer Steve Wolfe confirmed Fitzpatrick Plate winner My Greek Boy was nearing his return following a break.

My Greek Boy was an impressive 1000m trial winner at Belmont on Monday and is likely to resume on Saturday week in metropolitan company.

Mongolian Warlord was also a 1000m trial winner on Monday for Wolfe, who has three runners entered this Saturday at Belmont.

War Ksar, who ran third in the Albany Cup earlier this year, returns from a spell in the Amelia Park Lamb Handicap (1300m), while Minus Looks has been freshened up and is ideally placed with barrier one in the Schweppes Handicap (1300m) and Faulty will race over 1200m.

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