Rising sprinter lands listed feature race for Rogers
Gutsy Albany sprinter Potent Secret will target the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint (1300m) later this month in Mt Barker after recording a career-best win in the $100,000 listed Schweppes Summer Scorcher (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The Roy Rogers-trained galloper was given a perfect ride by jockey Jerry Noske, settling just off the speed before powering home along the rail to overhaul Smoko and then hold off the fast-finishing Durendal.
After two dominant wins in Mt Barker in November and then a close-up second to Malibu Style in the listed R.S Crawford Stakes (1000m) last month, Potent Secret surprisingly jumped a $16.40 chance in the race but responded powerfully in the home straight to defeat Durendal by a half-head, with Smoko third and fellow Albany hope Dream Lifter only a length away in fourth place. Rogers said he was always confident his stable star would perform well and praised Noske for her riding tactics.
“It was really great, I’m absolutely stoked,” he said.
“With that genuine speed and sitting back on the rail, it all played into our hands.
“The best part of the track was on the inside.
“He really relaxed in behind them and charged through the gap.”
The six-year-old has won 11 of his 26 career starts, including three wins from five starts this campaign, and will press on to the region’s richest sprint race despite only breaking his maiden status in Albany in May, 2015.
“That will be his next assignment (Mungrup Stud Sprint),” Rogers said. “He’s won 1240m in Albany running away from them so he will get the 1300m.
“He is a horse on the up. He’s improved a lot from last season to now and goes well fresh.
“It’s been a big team effort and this is great for the owners and my hardworking staff.”
It was an encouraging first-up run from the Paul Hunter-trained Dream Lifter, who sat midfield and did some work before letting down nicely in the home straight for hoop Mitchell Pateman.
Last year’s Mungrup Stud Sprint winner ran the final 600m in 34.12 seconds, which pleased Hunter.
“We were happy with his run — the 1000m was a bit short,” Hunter said.
“He needed that bit of fitness and got caught flat-footed at the top of the straight but we were happy with the way he worked to the line.
“He has pulled up OK at this stage too.”
Hunter confirmed he would now look at another tilt at the Mungrup Stud Sprint or contest the listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on January 28 with the brilliant seven-year-old gelding.
Earlier in the day fellow Albany galloper Run Liam Run stormed home to run second in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1200m) for trainer Lyn Kiddle.
The smart six-year-old came from seventh on the home turn to go down by 1¼ lengths to Dezzies Dream.
The Steve Wolfe-trained Miss Lawrance produced another solid performance, finishing third in the Get The Tabtouch Plate (1200m) after settling midfield and running home strongly to go down by two lengths.
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