Rogers considers cup double for Dr Sykes
Former New South Wales galloper Dr Sykes is being considered for a crack at the upcoming Esperance and Mt Barker cups after scoring his second victory in WA for Albany trainer Roy Rogers.
After three victories in NSW, Dr Sykes had three starts for leading metropolitan trainer Lindsey Smith before being sent to Rogers and is thriving in his new environment after a dominant ¾-length win at Percy Spencer Racecourse on Saturday.
Well tried on the tote, the seven-year-old jumped a $4.20 chance with jockey Mitchell Pateman in the saddle, who peeled out perfectly from near last on the home corner and shot down the outside with a terrific finishing burst to win the BP Roadhouse Williams Handicap (1600m).
Although the son of Sir Percy has not won beyond 1600m, Rogers was confident he could perform well over further ground.
“The horse should improve a lot of that,” Rogers said. “He’s got a lot of problems and Lindsey recommended the owners send him down to me.
“I think he might get further and on that run he might be an Esperance or Mt Barker cup-type horse.
“That was a big effort — second-up over the mile and it was a very good ride by Mitch to peel out and go early and not get trapped on the fence.”
Dr Sykes has now won four of his eight starts over 1600m and Rogers said he would look at the $70,000 Esperance Cup (2000m) on March 4 and the $35,000 Mt Barker Cup on March 18.
Rogers finished with a winning double on the seven-race card — the sole Saturday meeting of the Great Southern season — after Ying Yang Middle broke her maiden status.
Randy Tan led with the six-year-old mare and they could not run her down, edging out fancied duo Mystic Pindan by a neck with Frankly Scarlett third a long neck away.
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