Punters couldn’t split Red Ora and Volkoff in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1200m) and they were spot on with the pair fighting out a stirring finish.
The $2.40 favourites went stride for stride down the straight before Red Ora fought back after being headed to win by a half-head.
The Due Sasso gelding, who gave jockey William Pike the second leg of a riding treble, raced ungenerously outside of leader, Stable Secret.
Volkoff, ridden by Jason Whiting, suffered her second career defeat after having the perfect trial behind Red Ora.
“He did it tough and got too keen outside of the leader,” said stable representative, Len Morton.
“I thought when the other horse ranged up he had him well and truly covered.
“But he did a great job to hang in like he did.”
Red Ora, who maintained his unbeaten status, is raced by Gray Williamson and a bunch of his former high school friends from Aquinas College.
“It’s the first time for quite a few of them and they have a horse that has won three from three,” said Morton.

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