Trainer Steve Wolfe modestly downplayed his role in revitalising Red Ora after the gelding won the $120,000 Listed Amelia Park Bunbury Stakes (1400m) on Wednesday.
Aiden by a gem of a ride by Shaun McGruddy, who took off before the turn, Red Ora, lumping 59kg, charged home to defeat Oliver’s Travels by 3/4 of a length.
Separating favourite Oliver’s Travels stable mate, Royal Missile, for third was Falcon Crest who launched a powerful finishing run from near last.
After getting held up for a run in the straight second elect Ellicazoom finished seventh, beaten 3 3/4 lengths.
After winning eight races for previous trainer Dan Morton including the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) and the Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m), Red Ora joined Wolfe’s stable earlier this year.
The Due Sasso gelding won his second major race for the Great Southern horseman after taking out the Mungrup Stud Sprint (1300m) at Mount Barker in January.
Wolfe said Red Ora, who improved his record to 10 wins from 32 starts and boosted prize money to beyond half a million dollars, was a top pick up for his stable.
“He was pretty good before I got him and let’s give credit where its due Danny (Morton) did a great job with him,” Wolfe said.
“I have just been lucky to get him at the back end of things and I don’t think I have improved him.
“I just thankful to find a horse like that.”
Staring at $10.90 on the tote, Red Ora gave McGruddy his first win in the Bunbury Stakes after three previous placings.
“I thought with the weight I would get him rolling,” McGruddy said.
“I thought if he was in top gear at the top of the straight he would take some running down.”