Substitute jockey Troy Turner has ridden only two winners for Steve Wolfe, but both of their victories together – the latest of which Amelia Park-Karrakatta Plate champion Ex Sport Man delivered – resulted in black type triumphs.
Turner’s first win for Wolfe occurred on the first Saturday of April 2014 when he rode Mr Utopia to win the York Stakes, the Listed race that Perth Racing and Racing and Wagering Western Australia renamed the Old Comrade Stakes in 2017. Turner’s second win for Wolfe occurred on the first Saturday of April 2021 when he answered the veteran trainer’s late call-up to deputise for injured hoop Shaun McGruddy and his mount, Ex Sport Man, ran from last in the early stages to first across the line in the Group Two-level event.
Ex Sport Man is the fourth galloper to parlay Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic success into Amelia Park-Karrakatta Plate glory, with the other double winners being Lucky Street (2015), Lucy Mae (2017) and Valour Road (2018). Turner, whose son Jordan won the 2019 Karrakatta Plate aboard Ima Single Man, has won Western Australia’s thoroughbred racing’s premier juvenile contest three times – Daney Boy (1995) and Motion Pictures (2010) – while Ex Sport Man enabled Wolfe to get off the mark after several near misses.
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