Royal Navy (Warwick Farm, Race 1)
Royal Navy is banging down the door to win a maiden. This three-year-old Fastnet Rock colt is one of the most astute yards in the country, the Snowdens, and as The Wolf has come to expect has been perfectly placed here over the mile. His last start third behind promising filly Sezanne was fatastic as he was shuffled back at a critical stage. Kerrin McEvoy maintains the ride and he’ll be very keen to avoid making the same mistake.
Double Dollars (Sunshine Coast, Race 6)
The Wolf has been tracking this gelding since he moved north with David Vandyke’s stable relocation. He got the job done well enough two back to break his maiden before being a good thing licked at Ipswich. This is a little harder again but it means we’ll get each-way odds. He’s back to 1000m but the month between runs should have him fresh enough. Expect a patient ride from Colless before rushing home down the big Sunny Coast straight.
Nieta (Warwick Farm, Race 6)
We’ll know how good Nieta is after this task. She’s better than BM70 grade but she has been lumped with 61kg and barrier 12. To counter that though, she’s the bets horse in the race so deserves her weight and has Blake Shinn steering. She’s a filly with an exceptional turn of foot regardless of the track conditions. The Wolf expects her to win here before measuring up in black type races over the carnival.
Top Ravine (Sandown, Race 8)
This four-year-old campaigner in the Mick Price yard looks set to peak now third-up. He’s trending towards a win after two placings, the latest when being nosed out at the finish by the hard fit First Course. He’s drawn nicely in the middle and handles all types of ground. This is an even race but at the early $8 price, he looks a good bet. Another boxed ticked is the engagement of standover jock Craig Newitt.
Orient Line (Sandown, Race 9)
Wall Street Wolf is a talent but he’s an enigmatic one at this stage in his career so The Wolf is happy to look outside of him as favourite. Orient Line charged home first-up in his typical fashion and although he doesn’t win out of turn, this race sets up nicely for him at double figure odds. A glance through his form reveals a victory over Hi World while he hasn’t been too far away from the likes of Malaguerra and Raw Impulse.
1,11 / 3,5,6,7 / 1,4,11 / 1,8,9.
5,6,10 / 2,7 / 1 / 3,9.