There is a new look Wrap with The Wolf spicing things up.
Lord Of The Sky burnt his rivals in Caulfield’s G3 Bletchingly Stakes, leading all the way. Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Mahuta filled the placings. At Rosehill, Esteban (below) took out the title of star performer of the day. Over at Morphettville, Vidorra held off Ocean Embers to take out the Listed Lightning Stakes.
Special mention to Chris Waller who broke his own Sydney metro win record!
Derryn (Race 3, Caulfield)
What a return to the track for this Hinchinbrook colt. Settled towards the tail from the wide gate but ripped home out wide to pick up his rivals comfortably, running 33.33s over the final 600m. The two Sydneysiders Kentucky Miss and Crafty Cop are both handy while the heavily-backed Nasdex is above average too. This was no off season field he put away. Can go on with the job.
Rockolicious (Race 6, Caulfield)
This mare now calls Melbourne home, moving from Chris Waller to Darren Weir. The Wolf liked what he saw from her on her VIC debut. She settled towards the tail from the wide gate but attacked the line. That was off a 10-week freshen so it’s reasonable to assume there’ll be plenty of improvement in her. Will be betting up if she finds a 1400m race on a wet track next start.
Ruling Dynasty (Race 7, Rosehill)
Doesn’t have a great turn of foot but he just keeps coming and coming. That makes his closing third at Rosehill first-up full of merit. He showed early speed to take a spot before being caught flatfooted when the leaders quickened for home. But The Wolf loved the way he picked himself up again to work through the line. Should be mature enough now to realise his staying potential.
Star Of The Day
Esteban (Race 2, Rosehill)
Wowee! This three-year-old had won his prior three starts by a combined margin of 21L. After his Rosehill romp, you can now round it up to 26L! Ever since John Sargent whacked the blinkers on he has grown a rocket pack. He’s also relishing the longer trips. The race was over at the 600m again as he was cuddled into the straight. He’s beating winter class plodders but he’s destined for much better things.
Bondeiger (Race 2, Flemington)
It’d been 653 days since Bondieger had last won. Make that 654 now. After getting no luck last start he was expected to make amends at his next outing. Sent out at $3.20 he travelled up to the eventual winner O’Lonera but faded badly in the straight. This is a horse that has run second to Preferment in a Derby and fourth in a Herbert Power behind Amralah. But if DK Weir can’t get him to win, nobody can.
Off The Map
Nasdex (Race 3, Flemington)
When markets first went up on Wednesday this two-year-old in the Ciaron Maher yard was $9 third favourite. Come jump he was the $3.40 favourite eclipsing Crafty Cop and Kentucky Miss in the market. He gave a great sight for punters out in front but couldn’t hold off the late surges of Derryn and Sword Of Light, in running third. Bookies escaped this plunge.
Brad Rawiller on Mahuta (Race 7, Caulfield)
With The Cleaner and Tudor coming out, it was left to Charmed Harmony and Mahuta to serve it up to Lord Of The Sky. Neither did and the much-maligned LOTS pinched it. Mahuta found himself posted throughout desperately looking for cover. He was asked to quicken when the race was already over. Great return under the circumstances.
El Divino stepped out at the trials on Friday and went enormous alongside Capitalist. The Golden Slipper winner was a touch sharper as you’d expect given he is a speed horse, but it was also his second trial in readiness for Saturday’s Missile Stakes. El Divino has the Caulfield Guineas mapped out as his major target so the $13 is worth taking.