Race 1 – Dominant South Australian Grand National Steeplechase (3500m)
Excellent Rhythm made his steeplechase debut recently at Pakenham and was utterly dominant, recording a sixteen length victory. Ross O’Sullivan took him to the front after he was keen early, and he just kept going. There were two aspects of that win that were particularly impressive apart from the margin. First, his jumping was absolutely faultless the entire way round. He has a magnificent leap on him. Second, the best part of his race was in the home straight. He ran right through the line and the margin was, if anything, increasing. That race was not particularly strong but the manner of the victory was superb. If he repeats that here, he wins.
Recommended Bet: No.3 Excellent Rhythm
Race 5 – Kevern Klemich South Australian Grand National Hurdle (3500m)
The Wolf thinks Cougar Express is very much a deserved favourite for this race but at the terrific odds on offer ($23 at time of writing) Mystic Prince has tremendous each way appeal. He comes off a last start fourth placing behind Self Sense in the Lafferty Hurlde run just last Sunday and even though the official margin was 22 lengths, it was a far better effort than that suggests, given the quality of his opposition and the fact that he was highly competitive with them until he was eased down late. All indications are that he is a better horse on firm tracks, which he will get here. The Wolf has been surprised how much early money has come in this race for Darabad, he has goes extremely hard and over the 3500m will likely be found out.
Recommended Bet: No.5 Mystic Prince (Each Way)