Tiger Pete roars at Ascot
Hot favourite Summah's Touch, with Ben Paterson aboard, wins the Perth Corporate Members Handicap (1500m) at Ascot on Saturday. Picture: Hollands Photographics

Tiger Pete continued his rise through the WA sprinting ranks with a third consecutive victory in the perthracing.com.au Sprint (1100m) at Ascot.

Starting a hot $2.45 favourite, Tiger Pete settled eighth for new rider Jason Whiting but was trapped three-wide after jumping from a wide gate.

Whiting never panicked and the Shovhog four-year-old utilised his sharp turn of foot to gun down Rouge Dior ($12) to win by 1 ½ lengths.

Trainer Steve Wolfe has big wraps on Tiger Pete, who has now won seven of his 12 starts for $191,500 in stake earnings.

Wolfe's brother, Brett, represented the stable while Steve is in Sydney for the upcoming Inglis Classic yearling sale.

Brett Wolfe said the $100,000 Bunbury Stakes (1400m) in March is a potential target for Tiger Pete.

"It was a great win and the horse is going places," Wolfe said.

"He's probably put on 30 or 40kgs since his last prep and is a big, strong horse now.

"You'd have to think the Bunbury Stakes is in his sights."

Trainer Simon Miller scored a running double with Roman Knows (race three) and boom three-year-old Portonian (race four).

Portonian ($2.45 favourite) boosted his record to two wins from two starts when he led all the way to beat Dueton ($10) by 2 ¼ lengths.

He will be set for the $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1400m) at Ascot on February 16.

"He settled back at his first start but he showed gate speed in his trials," Miller's stable foreman Michael White said.

"When he crossed and led that easily he was always going to be hard to beat."

Jockey Lucas Camilleri scored his first victory since returning to WA on Classique Ivory, who notched a hat-trick of wins when he took out the Seacorp Handicap (1500m).

Apprentice Mitchell Pateman did not ride at Ascot after suffering a knee injury in a track work fall this morning. He was due to have scans on the knee today.

The West Australian

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