O’Hara stable gelding too good

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Laqdar “Lucky” Ramoly prepares to dismount from On Red Alert.
Camera IconLaqdar “Lucky” Ramoly prepares to dismount from On Red Alert. Credit: Justin Fris

Laqdar “Lucky” Ramoly was at his best on Thursday at the Bunbury Turf Club, after booting home On Red Alert by 1.3 lengths in the Furphy — Refreshing Ale Handicap (1400m).

The victory was warmly received by Boyanup trainer Alanis O’Hara post-race, who warmly embraced Ramoly after he had dismounted from the six-year-old.

Despite a less than ideal draw, the gelding began steadily out of the gates, with Ramoly ensuring he kept up the leaders during the middle stages.

Heading into the home turn, the six-year-old was poised to pounce and aware of what was in front of him, Ramoly elected to send him to the extreme outside.

The move proved to be a race-defining one, with On Red Alert burning down the track untouched, while to Ramoly’s left, Beat The Bro and The Singing Tiger was jostling for supremacy amid a crowded field.

This impressive victory added to the six-year-old’s brilliant career to date, having won or placed in five of his 10 starts.

Myalup talent The Singing Tiger finished third with Lucy Warwick in the saddle, who continued on his solid trial form.

In the Tabtouch — Better Your Bet Handicap (1000m), the first-up chances of Angelique’s Fame were dashed, after finishing fourth to Agent Jay.

Despite a less than ideal draw, the four-year-old’s trial form had been very positive, which was noticed by the punters heading into the race.

Regular mount Chris Parnham was initially boxed in with the mare heading into the home straight and despite doing all he could to find a path for the four-year-old, she was not able to click into a high enough gear to challenge the runners ahead of her.

Agent Jay, ridden by Shaun McGruddy went on to pip Amelia Bedalia in a thrilling finish, which was the first second-up win of the gelding’s career.

Earlier in the afternoon, Capel trainer Paul Roberts continued his phenomenal strike-rate over the past 12 months, with his five-year-old Balderdash finishing third to Sheza Chalmer in the Chaff City Maiden (1200m).

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