Rogers has seven shots at victory as he takes a liking to new runner

Taj StubberAlbany Advertiser
Roy Rogers will saddle up seven runners at Mt Barker Turf Club on Friday.
Camera IconRoy Rogers will saddle up seven runners at Mt Barker Turf Club on Friday. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany trainer Roy Rogers will have a strong hand at Mt Barker Turf Club tomorrow, taking a team of seven runners up the highway.

Rogers will have a three-pronged attack in the open sprint on the seven-race card, the Bill Pearse Handicap (1200m), including stable newcomer Luke’s Gold.

Formerly with trainer Vaughn Sigley, Luke’s Gold will head Rogers’ chances in the race despite being first-up without a trial.

Veteran sprinter Potent Secret and the consistent Tranquilla Sunrise will also contest the race for Rogers.

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“This is a well placed race for (Luke’s Gold), he should sit back and come home strong,” Rogers said. “We have been good mates (Vaughn and I) for a long time and I have always said if you have something for me, send it down.

“We spoke and he said ‘I think this one will suit down south’.

“I don’t know a lot about this horse as it’s new to the stable, the only thing I know is it will be hitting the line and hopefully getting over the top of them with the minimum weight.”

Rogers believes his other two runners should also be around the mark in the field of eight.

“Potent Secret will be prominent second up and will be fitter,” he said.

“Tranquilla Sunrise will be better for the run racing second-up, last start did a lot of work.”

Classy sprinter Run Liam Run will be one of the main dangers with leading hoop Mitchell Pateman aboard while Sir Snugalot and Senso also loom as prominent chances.

Renee Forrest will take the sit on Luke’s Gold while Jordan Turner and Kyra Yuill will ride Potent Secret and Tranquilla Sunrise respectively. Rogers also has Zetorio (race 1), Propeller (race 3), Two Cool (race 5) and Piece D’Resistance (race 4) entered tomorrow.

“Propeller was stiff last start, she will be ridden cold, it’s definitely a chance,” he said.

“We will just try run Zetorio into some form and then we will send it back to races in Perth.”

The first race of seven races is set down for 1.50pm.

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