Veteran galloper Luke’s Gold does Albany trainer Roy Rogers proud with brave second in Northam Cup

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Great Southern leading trainer Roy Rogers with 10 year old Potent Secret.
Camera IconGreat Southern leading trainer Roy Rogers with 10 year old Potent Secret. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Rejuvenated galloper Luke’s Gold ran a brave second to one of WA’s most exciting gallopers Kaptain Kaos in Sunday’s listed Northam Cup (1600m).

Prepared in Albany by Roy Rogers, Luke’s Gold has resumed from a spell with two terrific runs to finish in second place both times.

Jumping a $10 chance with TABtouch, the nine-year-old settled in the back half of the field for jockey Shaun O’Donnell.

Turning for home, Luke’s Gold was the widest runner and let down strongly and despite going with favourite Kaptain Kaos for much of the straight, the latter was able to get on top in the final 150m to win by just over a length.

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Kaptain Kaos came from last and stormed down the outside to claim the $150,000 feature race to continue his path towards the Group 1 Railways Stakes for harness trainer, reinsman and former apprentice jockey Michael Grantham.

Rogers also had the returning Halatorion finish second in the second race on the program at Northam.

After an impressive trial victory, Halatorion settled outside the leader and was in front for a large part of the home straight but was unable to hold out the favourite Talk It Up.

Four Albany gallopers finished unplaced in Saturday’s listed $125,000 Belgravia Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Rogers had three gallopers in the race, while Steve Wolfe was represented by Ex Sport Man.

Resuming from a spell, Ex Sport Man settled towards the rear and finished 10th, beaten eight lengths by the winner Searchin’ Roc’s.

Hoi An finished 11th after also settling towards the rear while Heavenly Waters and Acefire finished 14th and 15th respectively in the field of 15.

Bragwell ran third in race three for Wolfe while Island Charm finished fourth for Rogers in the fifth event.

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