Secret Minx warms up for Plate tilt

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Smart Albany sprinter Secret Minx has won a 1000m trial impressively on Thursday ahead of next Sunday’s $100,000 Fitzpatrick Plate (1200m) at Percy Spencer Racecourse.

The Mark Nelson-trained galloper ran 58.76 seconds in the 1000m trial with jockey Glenn Smith aboard to win by three lengths over Rebel Flight.

Former Fitzpatrick Plate winner Run Liam Run ran third in the same trial, beaten 3 ¾ as he prepares to start in the feature race first-up.

My Greek Boy, last year’s winner of the race, has also been targeted for the race by trainer Steve Wolfe.

Recent Ascot winner Gee Boss is in contention to contest the sprint feature on Ladies Day after trainer Michael Lane confirmed he would have a presence in the race.

Lane confirmed Gee Boss and fellow rising galloper Top Of The Class would be nominated for the rich race but only one was likely to start in what is expected to be a crack field.

Gee Boss was desperately unlucky at Pinjarra earlier this month before scoring a comfortable half-length win at Ascot over 1100m last Saturday to score his fourth career success.

Top Of The Class ran eighth in the same race after settling in last, then rattling home in the quickest final 600m of the race.

“It’s a chance, one of them will run in the Fitzpatrick,” Lane said.

“Either one, I’ll nominate both next week and one of two will come down.

“They both have a couple of races on each day, either Saturday at Pinjarra or there, so we’ll just pick what is our best option.”

Meanwhile, Albany trainer Roy Rogers is likely to bypass next Saturday’s $150,000 Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra with smart youngster Tango Ora.

Tango Ora stepped up in grade last Saturday after winning his previous two starts to finish seventh in a 3YO metropolitan race at Ascot.

Rogers said they were likely to miss the feature race, in which he was 27th on the current order of entry, and chase an easier option with their Westspeed bonus.

Kingstown Town Classic-winning rider Patrick Carbery has replaced the suspended Mitchell Pateman on star Albany sprinter Dream Lifter in today’s listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Pateman is currently on the sidelines serving two consecutive careless riding bans but has ridden Dream Lifter at his past 12 starts for local trainer Paul Hunter.

Jordan Turner was the last jockey apart from Pateman to sit aboard the winner of almost $500,000 in stake money but Carbery, who won the Group 1 Kingstown Town Classic on Pounamu in December, has picked up the plum ride.

Dream Lifter lumped 59.5kg to finish second in the Mungrup Stud Sprint and will carry 59kg from barrier seven in the $100,000 feature.

Shaun McGruddy with Red Ora.
Camera IconShaun McGruddy with Red Ora. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Mungrup Stud Sprint winner Red Ora will have his second start for the Steve Wolfe stable in the Scenic Blast with hoop Shaun McGruddy retaining the mount.

Red Ora drew perfectly in gate four and 1.5kg from his last start win.

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