Stent boots Proxy home to impressive Saturday metro win

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Jockey Emma Stent, pictured in Kalgoorlie, rode Proxy to victory at Ascot.
Camera IconJockey Emma Stent, pictured in Kalgoorlie, rode Proxy to victory at Ascot. Credit: Paul Braven

Albany galloper Proxy has continued his strong form, making it back-to-back victories and a maiden Saturday metropolitan success under the care of Garry Delane.

A $29 chance with Tabtouch when the gates opened in the Crown Perth Handicap (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday, Proxy found the front for apprentice jockey Emma Stent and was simply too strong in front.

Stent produced a gem of a ride on the eight-year-old gelding as they rolled along in front and couldn’t be caught in the home straight as they downed fellow Albany horse Go Crying by 1.7 lengths on the line.

Proxy was placed at Belmont, Northam and York in his recent starts.

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He then broke through for a deserving win over 2000m in Bunbury on October 20, where he led all the way as well.

The successive wins have been the first for Delane since Proxy joined his stable after previously being trained by Alan Matthews.

The rising form of Proxy comes on the back of the emergence of Defiantly, who hit a purple patch of form winning five of seven straight starts from April this year to June.

Go Crying rattled home down the outside for rider Peter Knuckey and finished second in trainer Steve Wolfe’s colours.

Earlier Wolfe had Lordhelpmerun contest the Group 3 $150,000 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) but he produced a disappointing performance to finish last of the eight runners. Lordhelpmerun finished eighth in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes in October when resuming but reeled off an impressive final 600m sectional.

However the four-year-old could not repeat that, racing wide throughout when settling fourth before tailing off in the Asian Beau to finish some 13 lengths from the winner Samizdat.

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