Seventhchic (Canterbury, Race 1)
Seventhchic hit the line strongly on debut and it didn’t go unnoticed by The Wolf. It was at Gosford but the form out of the race is very strong with Who Said It’s Easy and Fanning both running well in town since. He’s a month between runs but has trialled up impressively and the step out to 1200m suits. Brenton Avdulla is riding as well as any jockey in the country at the moment and Chris Waller is so dangerous with his late season two-year-olds.
Mediterranean (Canterbury, Race 2)
This is a very smart colt. He was competitive against the better two-year-olds over the autumn including the likes of Good Standing and Souchez but just lacked a bit of race sense. His two trials to tune up for this first-up assignment have been very strong suggesting he has worked it all out. Resuming him this early ahead of the spring suggests Peter Snowden wants to get a win on the board before tackling races like the Golden Rose with a fitness edge on his rivals.
Shahrazad (Race 5, Canterbury)
This mare hasn’t been a friend of the punter to date but The Wolf wants to be involved at the $10 odds being bet early. There is a case that she does her best work fresh. On debut she hammered Looking East and Heavens Above (good form now!). She ran near last at her next first-up showing but was never on the track. After a little freshen she ran a bottler over the Canterbury 1100m from long last. Expect her to be ridden quite again here and rattle home. Two trials have her ready to fire.
Movie (Race 6, Sandown)
This filly was under the pump a long way from home at Mornington but The Wolf loved the way she kept finding the line to run third. She lost her way last preparation after an impressive debut but her resumption suggests she has found her groove again. Can settle closer from barrier 5 and gets the young gun Dylan Dunn steering. Out of Group-performed NZ mare Tootise, there looks to be a bright future for her.
Gone To Paris (Race 3, Canterbury)
This filly never got into the race first-up but trialled too well to discount. She was snagged back and fanned wide on the track running on fairly. She strips fitter for that and drops back to fillies grade. In an ideal world she’d have drawn kinder and it’d be over further but with any luck she’ll give this a shake. Would love to see Tye Angland push her out to take up a position as he best runs have been close to the speed.
2,4,8 / 5,6 / 1,5,7 / 1,4,5.