Wolfe jubilant as city drought broken by My Greek Boy

Cameron Newbold & Jay RooneyAlbany Advertiser
My Greek Boy wins the 2017 Fitzpatrick Plate, the versatile galloper saluted at Ascot on Saturday.
Camera IconMy Greek Boy wins the 2017 Fitzpatrick Plate, the versatile galloper saluted at Ascot on Saturday. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany trainer Steve Wolfe has broken his city drought after tough galloper My Greek Boy claimed the $100,000 Australia Day Trophy (1500m) at Ascot on Saturday.

With regular stable riders Shaun McGruddy and Peter Hall away on holidays, in-form jockey Daniel Staeck made the most of his pick-up ride on My Greek Boy as the pair surged past leader Wrinkly with 150m to go and then held off the fast-finishing Western Temple to win by half a length.

The victory improved My Greek Boy’s record to 12 wins from 40 starts and the talented son of Myboycharlie has now won three metropolitan Saturday-grade races.

Staeck positioned the six-year-old in a perfect spot from barrier one and he was delighted to team with Wolfe for a win.

“I actually haven’t had much to do with Steve,” Staeck said.

“He said he’d run well.

“I watched some of his replays and from the one draw I rode him with some confidence.

“To be honest when Wrinkly goes out and runs hard you start second guessing yourself a little bit but there were just two furlongs down the back straight I thought he went a bit too hard.

“At the 600 I thought. ‘I’ve got you’.

“He’s a well-performed horse and I’m certainly very pleased with the result.”

Wolfe had not won a race in metropolitan grade in the 2018-2019 season until Saturday and had plenty to smile about with his team.

Debutant Red Can Man unleashed a powerful finish to run second to Miss West Coast over 1100m in the two-year-old race earlier and sprinter Arrum Boy ran fourth in the Crown Sports Bar Handicap (1200m).

“It’s been a lean run for us up here in town and I’ve just about had enough of it,” Wolfe said.

“Brilliant ride by Staeck.

“He’s one of the old riders — he’s hungry.

“Blokes like him are blokes I like to have riding for me.

“My Greek Boy had a bit of trouble a few years ago here at Ascot laying off on the corner.

“He’s ironed out those problems now. He’s a fair horse and hopefully he can win a couple more.”

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