Race 1 – E-Cycle Solutions Maiden Hurdle (3200m)
The Wolf has been waiting for years for Self Sense to make his jumping debut but he has struck an extremely strong race to begin his career, with Beyond Thankful looking a major danger off the back of an excellent performance at Oakbank. Nonetheless, he still thinks Self Sense has everything you look for in a potential jumper and can make a winning debut. He has won eight flat races including a Kilmore Cup and an Ipswich Cup, he is a beautiful moving horse, loves wet tracks and his trials have been exceptional. The confidence level is tempered though because Beyond Thankful is a very nice horse and Epsom Hill should go well at the caper as well.
Recommended Bet: No.5 Self Sense
Race 2 – E-Cycle Solutions 1JW Hurdle (3200m)
This race has only attracted a small field but in Hale Soriano, Murphy’s Delight and Like A Carousel, there are three horses who will be out to win and stake their claim for the Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool in early May. The Wolf things Murphy is the one to beat here. He showed good ability last season, then showed he has only improved with a dominant victory in a fast run race at Oakbank. The Eric Musgrove team is absolutely flying and he can get the job done. Like A Carousel is a fascinating horse, having started jumping last season, then going back to the flat and winning the Pakenham Cup. Expect him to run very well also.
Recommended Bet: No.4 Murphy’s Delight
Race 3 – E-Cycle Solutions MJ Bourke Hurdle
Two Hats has put together a wonderful jumping record, having won three and finished runner-up twice from five career jumping starts. He made his jumping debut in 2014, beating no less than Angelology in a maiden hurdle, before having three years off the scene due to injury. He came back last year and won the JJ Houlahan Hurdle, as well as placing second in the Grand National Hurdle and the Brandan Dreschler Hurdle. Simply put, he is in a different class to his rivals here and The Wolf has no hesitation in labeling him a Five Chip Special.
Recommended Bet: No.1 Two Hats
Race 5 – J.E.H Spencer Memorial Steeplechase (3200m)
This race is a key lead up for the Brierly and Grand Annual Steeplechases at Warrnambool and The Wolf is backing star Kiwi jumper Monarch Chimes to make a victorious Australian debut. A six year old son of prolific jumping sire Shinko King, he has won three of his four starts over hurdles in New Zealand and even though this is his steeplechase debut, the formula generally is that good Kiwi hurdlers make good steeplechasers over here. His flat form in NZ prior to coming across the Tasman was excellent with a second placing last time out at Matamata, and his recent steeple trial at Cranbourne was excellent.
Recommended Bet: No.5 Monarch Chimes