Leading Albany trainer Steve Wolfe returned to the winners’ circle for the first time since December 31, scoring a winning double at Mt Barker Turf Club on Sunday.
Wolfe did not prepare a winner at Albany last meeting but teamed up with Peter Hall to taste victory twice in Mt Barker.
The pair combined with nine-year-old stayer Mr Pago to win the TABtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1850m) by 0.6 lengths.
Hall settled the gelding in fourth, taking off before the home corner and hitting the lead at the top of the straight and holding off Hyperspace.
Mr Pago’s victory was Hall’s 100th winner for Wolfe.
Wolfe and Hall made it a winning finish to the day with promising type Oxbridge claiming the Mt Barker Electrical Handicap (1300m).
The four-year-old settled well off the pace before storming down the middle of the track to grab runaway leader Sauvegarde inside the final 100m and win by one length.
“Oxbridge will just go through the grades but I’m hoping he can win a race in town,” Wolfe said.
“He is racing in career-best form and his win on Sunday was really pleasing because he had to chase hard.
“Mr Pago is coming to the end of his career but we keep these types of horses going to keep the numbers up, hopefully he can win another one.
“Hally riding 100 winners for me is a major achievement when he isn’t the number one rider, it shows great loyalty by both trainer and jockey.”
Visiting trainer Neville Parker made a winning trip to the Great Southern with five-year-old Jovella winning the Tourism WA Handicap (1850m) in impressive fashion.
After settling second in running, jockey Kyra Yuill made a move at the 500m mark and took off around the leader before powering away in the straight to win by two lengths over the fast-finishing Dancing Jack.
Swift Mirage was heavily supported in betting prior to the TABtouch Giddy Up Premium Form Handicap (1200m) and delivered at his first start for the Paul Hunter stable.
The five-year-old mare settled midfield in running for Mitchell Pateman before getting a split at the top of the straight and gunning down leader Under The Radar in the shadows of the post and holding off a late challenge from Highfriar.
Apprentice Laqdar Ramoly started the day in red-hot form withhad a winning double in the first two races on the program.
Ramoly was able to steal the first race on the rank outsider Jack In The Black trained by Jonathon Jachmann before guiding Warm ‘N’ Fuzzy home in race two in stylish fashion for trainer Neville Parnham.
Bunbury trainer also tasted success on the nine-race program as Fearless General claimed race four with apprentice Madi Derrick in the saddle.