The Kris Lees trained Olympic Academy will be aimed at the $160,000 Listed Carlton Mid Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) on September 2 after his win in Sunday’s Taree Cup (2000m).
Olympic Academy, ridden by Aaron Bullock, went to the line strongly to win by half a length from the Wyong trained Get On The Grange with Egyptian Ruler and further neck away third.
Winning the Taree cup guarantees Olympic Academy of a start in the Wyong cup field.
The two placegetters are also headed to the Wyong cup.
Lees believes the good track contributed to the win.
“He has been running on rain affected tracks and while they were good efforts he appreciated being back on a good surface,” Lees said.
“The Wyong cup looks a logical next step then on to the Newcastle cup two weeks later.”
Olympic Academy was bred by former top Sydney bookmaker Peter Cruickshank and is raced by him and a syndicate of friends.
Cruickshank became quite emotional as the horse returned to scale.
“He was trained by the late Guy Walter and won his maiden at Gosford for him before he died,” Cruickshank said.
Later Walter’s wife Wendy won a Class Two with him at Gosford before she handed in her trainer’s licence and the horse was switched to Lees.
Olympic Academy is out of a half sister to Courts In Session which was also raced by Cruickshank and trained by Walter to win a succession of Group and Listed races including the 2005 Group One George Ryder Stakes.