Hellbent (Sandown, Race 8)
Hellbent restarts his career under Darren Weir at Sandown. He was a high-class three-year-old and The Wolf is excited to see him progress under Victoria’s dominant trainer. The sky is still the limit for this son of I Am Invincible and he looks nicely placed here to kick off his spring tilt with a win.
Havildar (Sandown, Race 1)
This three-year-old colt takes on the older horses here but like the way he returned at Caufield first-up behind Sebrikka. He loomed into the race but peaked on his run late in the race to run third. Strips fitter for that outing and like the step to 1300m. Has always given the impression that he’d appreciate getting out to a 1400m trip. He’s untried on the wet but the track shouldn’t be too bad.
Chetwood (Canterbury, Race 5)
This big free-strider in the Godolphin yard looks to be flying off his trials. Not only did he show a tremendous cruising speed but his strength through the line also impressed The Wolf. He burst onto the scene at Canterbury, bolting in, before having excuses up in grade at his next two outings. Like the wide draw here as it gives Andrew Adkins the chance to carve across in his own time. Cannyescent is no mug but think Chetwood resumes a winner.
Nieta (Canterbury, Race 7)
This mare was brilliant at Wyong! She was poking around Queensland prior to that but the manner in which she won first-up suggests she is a galloper destined to compete in black-type races. This race over 1100m looks a perfect progression and to top it all off she gets barrier and Blake Shinn to steer. If you’re partial to a quinella, throw in Volante who steps out for Bjorn Baker for the first time.
Zaboss (Canterbury, Race 6)
This six-year-old resumed with a narrow second at Kembla over 1400m which bodes very nicely for his upcoming preparation. Steps out to 1550m but don’t make the mistake in thinking that he’s a grinding stayer as his mile record reads 7:2-2-1. He also flies at Canterbury (6:1-4-0). This isn’t the deepest field and he’s a knockout chance at double figure odds.
1,2 / 1,2,3,11 / 2,8 / 3
1,8,9 / 1 / 1,5,7,8 / 4,9