Veteran galloper Luke’s Gold scores more metro success for local trainer Roy Rogers

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Trainer of Luke’s Gold, Roy Rogers earlier this year in Albany.
Camera IconTrainer of Luke’s Gold, Roy Rogers earlier this year in Albany.

Veteran galloper Luke’s Gold has continued his resurgence under the guidance of Albany trainer Roy Rogers.

Luke’s Gold opened at big odds of $41 on TABtouch before jumping as an $8.50 chance, and hung on in the Byron Bay Premium Lager Handicap (1400m), the final race of Saturday’s meeting at Ascot.

The eight-year-old sat midfield before jockey Lucy Warwick had him on the move as the field turned for home.

Luke’s Gold hit the lead inside the final 200m and then had to fight off challenges from Moschard and the fast-finishing Royal Command to win by 0.4 lengths.

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Highly touted four-year-old Red Can Man took another step towards the Group 1 Railways Stakes after running third in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) on Saturday for trainer Steve Wolfe.

Red Can Man led with ease for jockey Shaun McGruddy and was grabbed by Too Close The Sun at the 100m mark before that pair were gobbled up by race favourite Inspiration Girl in the closing stages.

Wolfe said his star gelding was still on track to contest the Railway later this month.

Wolfe has three-year-old Watch Me Dance entered in today’s listed Burgess Queen Stakes at Ascot.

The I’m All The Talk Filly ran a brave third last start and is the top weight for today’s 1400m assignment with McGruddy aboard.

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