Steve Wolfe will cap off another successful Great Southern racing season by claiming the leading trainer’s premiership title at Albany on Friday.
Wolfe enters Albany’s final meeting on 32.5 points and holds an unassailable lead over Paul Hunter who is in second position with 11 points.
Wolfe’s major highlights included Jobeth’s narrow victory in the Albany Cup and the debut performance of exciting prospect Kalahaar.
The Choisir colt has displayed a ton of ability early and was ultra impressive on debut when he led from the outset to score a dominant 3 ½ length win over his nearest rival.
He has since completed successive victories at both Ascot and Belmont to extend his unbeaten sequence to three.
Wolfe formed a lethal combination with Shaun McGruddy who despite being absent from Friday’s meeting will take home the leading rider award.
McGruddy’s absence could prove beneficial to Natasha Faithful who is locked in a battle with Mitchell Pateman for the leading apprentice title.
Faithfull has picked up strong Wolfe mounts including Rock Prince in the second, Getaway Car in race four and Major Bligh in the last.
Rock Prince has been a model of consistency and apart from his first-up run when fourth he has failed to miss the money this campaign.
In eight starts he has won once and been placed on six other occasions.
Faithfull will also ride last-start winners Glazing Honey and Russian Rouge for trainer Dennis McAuliffe.
Glazing Honey faces a rise in grade but will be prominently placed from barrier three and drops to 51kg.
The improving young rider is on eight points and trails Pateman by two.
Ken Nightingale is about to embark on his annual winter sojourn to Port Hedland and Broome and one galloper who will be making the trip is Steppin Weapon.
The lightly raced five-year-old will be making his second appearance after scoring an impressive win on debut earlier in February.
The son of Pricelessly was trapped wide the entire trip and was off the bit when cornering but dug deep over the concluding stages to record a determined victory.
“It was a good win and he knuckled to the task well but to be fair it wasn’t the strongest of maiden fields,” Nightingale said.
“I think he has some ability but he has to back it up now.
“If he performs to expectations a race like the Pearl Sprint in Broome could be to his liking down the track.”