Winning treble icing on the cake for Rogers, Staeck
Albany trainer Roy Rogers has already passed his tally of winners achieved in the Great Southern last season, as his sparkling combination with top jockey Daniel Staeck continued on Sunday.
Rogers and Staeck joined forces to score a winning treble on the seven-race card, repeating their dominance of the Boxing Day card in December.
New stable acquisition Malilangwe, having his first start for Rogers since being transferred from the David Harrison stables, was the most impressive of the three winners.
The five-year-old attracted plenty of support in betting to start a $2.80 favourite upon jumping and settled fourth before producing an eye-catching sprint home to win by ¾ of a length over stablemate Read The Riot Act.
Staeck produced a faultless ride on Messiah in the UGS Boral Handicap (1230m), pouncing on his rivals in the home straight to win a third career race for Rogers earlier on.
The duo rounded out the day in winning fashion when developing stayer Classic Jack edged out On Stage by a long head, making it two wins in the three-year-old’s past five starts.
Rogers’ treble of victories shot him to 14 already this season, closing the gap to within two of the leader of the Great Southern Trainers’ Premiership, Steve Wolfe.
The 14 wins have already pushed Rogers past the mark of 11 winners he trained in the region in 2017-18.
Staeck is enjoying a superb season in the saddle.
The Group 1-winning rider has 11 victories to be well clear of Mitchell Pateman and Natasha Faithfull in the jockeys’ standings.
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