Steve Wolfe believes So Schmick could run in a Kalgoorlie or Broome Cup after narrowly winning Narrogin Cup
Albany trainer Steve Wolfe believes So Schmick could run in a Kalgoorlie or Broome Cup after narrowly winning Saturday’s $70,000 Narrogin Cup (1900m).
So Schmick backed up his strong third in the Albany Cup six days earlier to deliver Wolfe a third Narrogin Cup victory.
The five-year-old gelding only joined the Wolfe stable earlier this year and appears to be a progressive staying type.
“He has a fair bit of upside, he’s no superstar but I think he can go to town and win a few nice graduation races then maybe target a Broome or Kalgoorlie Cup,” Wolfe said.
“He just keeps improving and he’s going the right way.
“It’s nice to have a horse like him come into our stable and I think he’s won $60,000 in the last two weeks after being purchased for $12,000, so it’s good for the owners.”
So Schmick jumped the third favourite in the small field of six and settled at the rear before hooking out wide turning for home.
Jockey Chris Nicoll timed his run to perfection, charging down the outside aboard So Schmick to level up with the leaders inside the final 200m before getting the head down on the line to edge out $3 favourite Our Idyll by a nose.
“We were pretty confident going into the race, it was marginally weaker than the Albany Cup, he was fitter and it was a smaller field so everything just fell into place,” Wolfe said.
“I had to watch it on someone’s phone at Ascot and I thought he had won, he got the head down at the right time which is all that matters.”
Albany trainer Jonathon Jachmann tasted success in Narrogin with Highfriar scoring a dead-heat win with On Red Alert in race one.
Mt Barker trainer Dave Hopperton also had a winner on the six-race card with Raging Rocket breaking through for a second career win in race three.
Brutus Maximus from the Roy Rogers stable finished last in the $120,000 Pinjarra Cup (2300m) on Sunday.
After settling outside the leader in the first half of the race, the gelding was under pressure and weakened to finish 13.5 lengths off the winner.
Promising filly Watch Me Dance ran a brave third in the listed $100,000 Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) for Wolfe and jockey Peter Knuckey behind exciting type Clairvoyance.
Lacevinsky, Eurasia and Bragwell all ran third for Wolfe at Ascot on Saturday.
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