English (Randwick Race 7, No.4) is set for a bumper spring carnival says The Wolf.
This daughter of Encosta de Lago was brilliant last campaign as a three-year-old. This was despite her using so much nervous energy in the mounting yard. All reports suggest that she is a much more mature mare now. She is always a star trialler and that has been the case again before kicking off here, showing her explosive turn of foot. The last time we saw her she knocked off Black Heart Bart in the All Aged Stakes.
If there’s a horse to lower the colours of Chautauqua over the next few months, it’s here.
The Wolf fancies Adelaide +7.5. This final feels like it has come a week too early given that these two sides were in the top four for long periods on the season, and both spend significant time sitting in the top two.
Sydney have lost four finals in a row now with their last win coming in the 2014 preliminary final, which may be starting to have a mental impact on an outfit known for their resilience. Adelaide come in with some confidence after recording a win over the Swans this season.
Adelaide has won 17 matches this season, and in 14 of those Eddie Betts has kicked three goals or more, including their last eight wins. Against Sydney earlier this year he kicked four goals, when the Crows were victorious. If you like Adelaide to win, you can add some value by taking the Scorecast involving him.