Wolfe lands Albany treble

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Albany trainer Steve Wolfe is bullish about the future of staying prospect Mass Effect after he lumped 60kg to win at Percy Spencer Racecourse last Friday, part of a winning treble for the leading Albany trainer.

Nominated for last season’s WATC Derby, Mass Effect had plans to contest the rich three-year-old race scrapped by connections because of injury and he was spelled before returning in the Great Southern this season.

The four-year-old ran sixth first-up at Mt Barker and then finished fourth in Albany last start before powering to the line for jockey Shaun McGruddy to claim the WA County Builders Handicap (1612m) last week.

Truly Rare races through for rider Shaun McGruddy on to win the Austral Bricks Maiden (1230m).
Camera IconTruly Rare races through for rider Shaun McGruddy on to win the Austral Bricks Maiden (1230m). Credit: Albany Advertiser

A $3.90 chance on the tote, Mass Effect settled midfield before McGruddy went wide around the field before the home corner, sprinting clear before he held off the fast-finishing Lord Kronos by a long neck. “We had him in the Derby last year but he got a little injury,” Wolfe said.

“He’s won three races in Albany and needs an 1800m race in town now.

“I’m really looking forward to what’s to come with him. He’ll win a 2000m-plus race in town.

“His first couple of runs were really good and he has carried a bit of weight too.”

Former Bob Peters-owned galloper Truly Rare kicked off the big day for Wolfe, winning the Austral Bricks Maiden (1230m) by a long head over stablemate Go Crying.

“She’s come along really well since joining us,” Wolfe said. “Its nice to get something back for her.

“She is well bred but we’ve just given her time and sometimes they don’t make it as a three-year-old.”

Jester Rock was the third winner for Wolfe and McGruddy, spearing down the outside to get over stablemate Mr Pago by a length, with Paul Hunter’s Prince Friar back in third place in the Laminex Handicap (1612m).

Wolfe confirmed last season’s Fitzpatrick Plate winner My Greek Boy was set to return to racing this Saturday at Ascot, after running three minor placings at metropolitan level following his feature race win back in April.

Talented sprinter Red Ora is now also in the care of Wolfe, transferred from Daniel Morton by his owners after most recently running eighth in the listed Northam Cup.

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