Rogers ready to break his drought

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Albany trainer Roy Rogers is confident of turning his form around as he chases his first winner of the 2017-18 season with a big team of runners at Percy Spencer Racecourse tomorrow afternoon.

Rogers, who finished second in the Great Southern Trainers’ Premiership last season, has gone without a winner to start the new season but had two local placings with Ellens Choice and Luke’s Logic at Albany’s first meeting, while emerging youngster Tango Ora ran an impressive second at Ascot midweek at his third career start.

A team of 12 horses will be in action tomorrow for Rogers as he attempts to score a maiden Great Southern victory on the seven-race card.

“It has been a slow start to the season but I’d like to think I can turn it around,” Rogers said.

“The four horses in the (second) maiden race are all going well and maybe one can pop up at big odds.

“There are no standouts in my runners but Ellens Choice has been knocking on the door, Dream Merger is back in class but needs to step up and the rest are getting fitter with every run.”

Rogers holds a strong hand in the Austral Bricks Maiden (1230m) with Luke’s Logic, who ran third at the previous meeting one of his four chances in the race.

Horaan, Notta Mocha and Myarena, who has the services of senior jockey Jason Whiting, are his other runners in the field of 12.

Tango Ora is expected to race again in Bunbury next week, along with two-year-old Classic Jack, who won a 1000m barrier trial at Belmont on Monday.

Tomorrow’s card, which kicks off at 2.05pm, is dominated by local trainers Rogers, Steve Wolfe (15 runners) and Paul Hunter (6) who have a large portion of the fields.

Wolfe has Chief Pontiac, Go Crying, Truly Rare and Mystic Pindan in the Austral Bricks Maiden, while Bentley’s Brother, Boxonlucy, Jester Rock and Mass Effect all have claims in their respective races.

Meanwhile, three locally trained horses will compete in Saturday’s $100,000 TABtouch Regional Championship — The Road To Ascot Final (1200m) at Ascot.

Wolfe’s Captivated Point will be ridden by Shaun McGruddy from barrier 17, while the Rebecca Wallrodt-trained Our Buddy Boy drew gate 19 for hoop Lucy Warwick, and Peter Hall takes the ride on Allen McNamara’s galloper Count Kala.

CAMERON NEWBOLD’S ALBANY SELECTIONS

Race 1: Bentley’s Brother

Race 2: Myarena

Race 3: Boxonlucy

Race 4: Jester Rock

Race 5: Lord Kronos

Race 6: De Andes

Race 7: Cleo’s Afterparty

Best Bet: Bentley’s Brother

Value: De Andes

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