George Main – Runner By Runner

Horse betting

The Wolf’s runner by runner guide on the Group One George Main Stakes at Randwick.

Tosen Stardom ($10)
The Wolf is expecting big things from this six-year-old over the spring and his luckless fourth at Moonee Valley has done nothing to dent that belief. He was shuffled back in the Feehan before running on powerfully. He’d have fought out the finish with Awesome Rock with no interference. He’s much better suited on the big Randwick track where he has already run a fifth in the Queen Elizabeth behind Criterion. Runs a clear second to Winx.

Hauraki ($10)
Went around favourite in three of his last four before spelling. He then resumed with a stylish win in the Tramway beating the heavily backed pair Le Romain and Dibiyani. Fair to say he is far from the punters pal. What he has done though is shed the non winner tag. He meets a couple of world class WFA horses here in Winx and Tosen Stardom and will have to go to a new level again.

It’s Somewhat ($23)
Thought he did more than enough first-up in the Tramway. Especially when you consider he is at his best when allowed to roll into his races. Maps to sit outside of leader Great Esteem and give a bit of cheek. He’ll be swallowed up half way down the straight though. Looks on track but for easier races.

Spiritjim ($201)
High class import that didn’t fire a shot in two runs over the winter. Has had that extra time to acclimatise and liked his work across the line in a recent Warwick Farm trial that was largely made up of sprinters. Can’t beat his stablemate Winx but don’t be surprised if he figures in the placings.

Great Esteem ($91)
Was sent south to Melbourne with a jumps career in mind. Yet after two dominant wins leading all the way here he is in a George Main over a mile! He’ll get every chance out in front again and the engagement of Kerrin McEvoy is a clever one as he can rate them beautifully in front. However, he looks nothing more than a bunny to chase down in this grade.

Le Romain ($13)
Looks likely to be scratched for Newcastle on Friday.

Vanbrugh ($101)
The Wolf expected a touch more from him first-up given the manner in which he trialled but on reflection, the 9L margin probably doesn’t do him justice. He made a run before peaking badly. The form out of the Warwick Stakes is red hot (Hartnell ran second). Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t get any easier here. Needs an ease in grade.

Winx ($1.20)
There’s not much left to say. An out and out superstar who is chasing 11 straight wins. She was breathtaking first-up and dare The Wolf say it, looks to have returned an ever better horse. That’s a scary thought for her rivals. Missed the Chelmsford run but has tuned up with a trial since. Drawn 6, Hugh Bowman will just let her find her feet before unleashing down the middle. Stand and applaud punters.

The Wolf’s Top 5

1. Winx
2. Spiritjim
3. Hauraki
4. It’s Somewhat
5. Vanbrugh

Odds as of 11am Thursday, September 15.

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