Wolf’s Group 1 Racing Guide – Saturday, 26 May

The Wolf has analysed the two Group 1 races at Doomben – Kingsford-Smith Cup & The Queensland Oaks! The Wolf is confident that there is plenty of value around these Group 1 races and he is keen to play accordingly!

Kingsford-Smith Cup

Care To Think (3) was an eye-catcher in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 last start, settling well back in the field before running home well to finish only two lengths behind English. He laid in, in the straight but was virtually untouched by the rider, who was forced to correct his running line – indicating to The Wolf that he’ll be much improved second up stepping out to 1350m. James McDonald will be hungry for his first Group 1 since returning to race-riding and The Wolf is confident that it will come here. He’s drawn wide which is a problem but expect he’ll settle midfield before chasing them home in the straight. Le Romain (2) finished third in the Doomben 10,000 last start and off that run should be in the finish once again. He’ll relish the step up to 1350m and with Glyn Schofield engaged looks to be the main danger to Care To Think. Impending (1) was just nosed out of the Doomben 10,000 last start and should be much improved stepping out to 1350. He’s 1/1 over this track and distance and from the draw could be very tough to reel in. Champagne Cuddles (11) broke through for a well deserved win last start at the Gold Coast and can repeat that here. Corey Brown sticks aboard which is a plus and from the draw she maps to get the gun run. Hard to beat the older horses but she will be in the finish.

Queensland Oaks

Youngstar (3) has won her last three races in a row leading into this including the Group 2 The Roses last start over 2000m. She gave every indication that day that she would relish a step up to 2000m and with Kerrin McEvoy aboard is the clear top pick from the Waller brigade. She’s drawn very well for this and being by High Chapparal she will almost certainly stay the distance. Hard to beat. Sheezdashing (2) finished second in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks last start behind Sopressa and looked very good over the final furlong, finishing off strongly. She’ll love the step up to 2200m for this and looks well placed to give Damien Thornton his first Group 1 win. Sheezdashing at the current price looks an excellent each way bet, especially as she is already Group 1 placed. Terra Sancta (11) has scored two impressive wins since arriving in Australia from New Zealand and could be one to run a race at odds. Kiwi’s have had success in this race in recent years, most notably with Provocative who also came from the Tony Pike stable. Like Provocative, Terra Sancta isn’t coming into this first up and assuming she has taken to her surroundings well, she’ll go close. Savacool (4) for Waller/McDonald could run a race, she finished two lengths behind the winner in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks and should be much improved stepping out to 2200m. She’s by Savabeel so expect she will stay and if she can settle on the speed can figure in the finish.

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