Old North (Randwick Race 3, No.1)
Saved for the Frank Packer Plate and he should be winning. The Wolf has won six of his past seven Saturday best bets and expects that trend to continue with this smart three-year-old. Old North was dominant in the Tulloch and despite Godolphin’s high opinion of the colt, decided to skip the Derby in favour of this. The Carbine form is no good while he should have the fillies, which includes stablemate Asinari, covered.
Sabkhat (Caulfield Race 4, No.4)
This five-year-old in Godolphin’s blue army ran a very nice race first-up at Rosehill behind Federal and Religify. Out to the mile is perfect second-up and follows the exact path as last preparation which saw him split Ruling Dynasty and Farolitis over the mile. Suspect he’s going even better than last campaign too.
Almighty Girl (Caulfield Race 6, No.12)
This is a top class filly. Hasn’t had a conventional preparation but it’s working so The Wolf isn’t going to question it. After smashing her way out of maiden grade she just missed to the flying Heatherly before a perfect ride got her the verdict over Secret Agenda and Super Cash. Comes up against older sprinters but most of them have seen better days while The Quarterback’s racing style makes him a big risk, especially as favourite.
Denmagic (Randwick Race 4, No.5)
Willing to put the pen through her PJ Bell failure. She was set a monster task from near last on the turn and even then didn’t get a clear run. Couple that with a wet track which she doesn’t do her best work on. She can bounce back on a drier deck this time. Drawn wide again but there’s the opportunity to hunt forward with a lack of obvious speed.
3,6,8,11 / 1,4,7 / 2,3,4,8 / 1,3,12,13.
1,9,12 / 1,2,4 / 1,3,4,11 / 4,5,11.
Artlee (Randwick Race 6, No.8)
Really deep edition of the Hall Mark this year which is why we’re getting generous double figure odds about country galloper Artlee. Cast your mind back to this time last year and he smashed his rivals in the Country Championship Final. His subsequent run hammering the line behind Dothraki suggests he measures right up here and his trials this time around at Scone have been excellent. Speak Fondly and Music Magnate will be the toughest nuts to crack.
Champagne Stakes (Randwick)
Looked a Yankee Rose benefit but now she’s out! Prized Icon was a late nomination and is the one to beat now with his tough, on pace style. Liked the manner in which he ran through the line last start. Crown Him comes out of the same race and can close the gap with a better ride. Note that Blake Shinn goes on board him.
JRA Plate (Randwick)
Havana Cooler was very good to The Wolf fresh, lobbing at good odds. Looks to be going better than he ever has in Australia. Straight out to 2000m looks to suit and hoping the gap between runs means he won’t race flat second-up, as he has done in the past including last campaign. He’s hard to beat but with that slight knock second-up he’s short enough at $3.20. Messene was brave behind It’s Somewhat last start and looks to be relishing the 2000m trip at this stage in his career. Pay plenty of respect to Sense Of Occasion and Maurus if they get into the field too.