Farolitos (Randwick Race 7, No.1)
Is a class above his rivals here. Sounds simple but you can’t go too far wrong backing the best horse in the race. He lumps 62kg but after the 2kg claim of Sammy Clenton, gets in pretty well all considered. He was cut to pieces first-up by Religify and wilted badly but his second-up run was very good behind High Midnight and His Majesty. Will get a lovely smother from barrier 4 and when the gap appears in the straight, assert his authority.
Auld Burns (Ballarat Race 2, No.1)
Auld Burns was most disappointing at his last jumping effort but against this rookie field he looks the best hope. He absolutely bolted in at Oakbank in a good hurdle over their carnival but finished well behind boom jumper Gingerboy when tried at Sandown. He did enough on the flat last time without inspiring. There are plenty of changes here – Livery and Paraggi are definitely on the up – but Auld Burns gets another chance.
Wahng Wah (Randwick Race 6, No.7)
The Wolf loved the return of this Kris Lees-trained filly. She was snagged back to last and didn’t have the clearest of runs but she charged at the line once she found a bit of room. That was behind Tsaritsa who The Wolf is convinced will be a Group-winning filly in time. Just needs a touch of luck from the gate. But so will her dangers Ciarlet and Ravi. Both have big booms on them which sees Wahng Wah go up generous odds.
Chase The Horizon (Ballarat Race 6, No.2)
Handy sprinter that kept bumping into Golden Spin last preparation. If he were here he’s be odds on. Hoping this is the campaign where he puts it all together. It’ll have to be for Henry Dwyer with Peter Moody walking away from the training caper. The prospect of a wet track only enhances his claims too. Has his work cut out from barrier 10 and with 60.5kg but tipping his class edge will get him over the line.
Spanish Stride (Randwick Race 3, No.3)
Really deep three-year-old staying race which ensures you’re getting juicy odds about whoever you fancy. The Wolf didn’t miss the monster run of Spanish Stride at Hawkesbury spearing to the line over the mile off a 43-day break. Out to 2000m and at Randwick look perfect now. The sting should still be out of the notoriously damp Randwick track which suits too. Plenty of chances but nothing will be finishing harder than him.
5,6 / 3,5,10,12 / 2,7,14 / 1.
1,2,8 / 2,3 / 1,2,5 / 3,4,8.