Dixie Blossoms (Race 8, No.6) kicks off her spring at Randwick and The Wolf expects her to make a winning return.
This mare had a terrific first preparation and her form around the likes of Tsaritsa, Believe and Single Gaze stacks up well. Ron Quinton sadly lost Peeping over the winter break but tipping this four-year-old will have no trouble filling the void as the stable flagbearer. Her trials have been outstanding.
Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies v All Blacks (8:05pm AEST)
New Zealand have found their recent trips to ANZ Stadium tricky, with the slippery conditions ill-suited to their fast-paced game-plan. Stick to the 1-12 margins on a greasy night, and lean to Wallabies with the start.
The Wallabies will attempt to alleviate a dismal Super Rugby campaign for Australian fans when they host the world champion All Blacks in Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener. Australia have won just one of their last 13 Tests against New Zealand but the last two matches between the teams at ANZ Stadium have featured a draw and a win to the Wallabies. Five of the seven Bledisloe Tests at ANZ Stadium have been decided by eight points or less.
The influx of experienced Europe-based stars should ensure significant improvement on the Wallabies’ June form. The All Blacks could be vulnerable here, with only seven starters from the World Cup final backing up.