Wolfe’s Boxing Day high-five
Albany trainer Steve Wolfe has delivered a Boxing Day domination, training five of the seven winners on the card at Percy Spencer Racecourse, to again underline his status as the region’s premier trainer.
After trebles on the same day in 2017 and 2015, Wolfe enjoyed his most successful Boxing Day yet as he notched five winners to go with five minor placings from his 16 runners last Thursday.
Talented sprinters One Short and Captivated Point pressed their claims for a crack at next week’s $100,000 Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m), Starorio won two in a line while Demeritise and Texan Blitz shook their maiden tags.
One Short overcame a wide draw to storm back into the winners’ circle for the first time, holding off late challenges from Magic Opus and Zetorio to win a rare outing in Albany.
The six-year-old gelding had not raced in Albany since a class two success in April, 2017.
However, jockey Brodie Kirby employed positive tactics aboard One Short to go forward from barrier 11 and sit on speed, proving too strong in the final 200m to record a deserving win that broke a 558-day drought.
After running fourth to smart type Carocapo at Ascot, Wolfe said One Short was headed for the Fitzpatrick Plate on Sunday week.
“He’s had no luck recently,” Wolfe said.“He’ll go in the Fitzpatrick Plate and will be very competitive in that no doubt.”
Captivated Point could join him in the same feature race after a slashing first-up effort to win the Iron Jack Classic Handicap (1100m).
The seven-year-old added to his incredible Albany record, winning a ninth race at track after blous-ing De Andes by a narrow margin.
With Kirby in the saddle, Captivated Point came from sixth on the turn to win his ninth race in Albany from 16 starts.
“He has got more ability than most but just hasn’t cracked it in town yet,” Wolfe said.
“It was a very good performance (resuming) so why wouldn’t he be competitive in the Fitzpatrick Plate.
“He is part of a big arsenal we are setting for the Fitzpatrick and the Mungrup Stud Sprint.”
Arrum Boy and War Jeune are being considered for the Fitzpatrick Plate while My Greek Boy, Minus Looks, Lordhelpmerun and Go Crying are potential nominations for the Mungrup Stud Sprint on January 19.
Rising four-year-old Starorio could be aimed at the $70,000 Pearl Classic (1300m) for fillies and mares at Pinjarra next month while Wolfe is confident Demeritise will measure up to metropolitan grade. It was an outstanding day for Kirby as well, riding four of the five winners in Wolfe colours.
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