Zourkhan (Canterbury Race 4, No.2)
Zourkhan is the latest Chris Waller-trained import to catch The Wolf’s eye. This leading trainer is a master of taking these staying types through their grades and there is plenty of cash to be made following this one. Made his Aussie debut at Canterbury and with only one trial under his belt, peaked late on his run. The Wolf loved what he saw prior to that though. Strips fitter here out to 1900m and with any luck from the gate, should have little trouble putting this field away.
Invincible Knight (Canterbury Race 5, No.4)
This three-year-old was gelded prior to this campaign and the results were immediate, with a great fourth in the worst ground at Bendigo. From Pete Moody he was transferred to John Thompson and is finally starting to deliver on his promise. Only won narrowly at Kembla but he wasn’t entitled to win from last, running slick late splits. He then won the Wagga Guineas in fast time. Blake Shinn stays on too. He’s big each-way value at the early $10 being bet.
Oscar’s My Mate Pa (Sale Race 4, No.3)
The Wolf has been keeping an eye out for the return of this gelding. Raced through his grades in his first preparation, recording two wins from his four starts. It was the way he put his rivals away at this very track when we last saw him that really impressed though. Worth noting that both of his wins have been at Sale. Curiously changes trainers from Rodney Wallace to Eric Musgrove so look for a positive betting move.
Kilmacurragh (Sale Race 7, No.9)
This son of O’Reilly looks a pretty smart galloper in the making. Was sent out a drifting $3.30 fancy on debut at Sandown but got the job done beating subsequent SA Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name. That day the final 600m was run in a very slick 33.32s so there was much more merit to the win than it looked visually. Has a wide gate to overcome but should have too much upside for these. Take the quinella with Turfane.
Sound Works (Canterbury Race 3, No.9)
There’s plenty of depth to this three-year-old race but the odds about Sound Works appeals. Had no luck first-up (should’ve won) before making amends in dominant fashion at Canterbury. She then stepped out at Canterbury again but raced wide the trip and never settled. Forget she ever ran. Drops 4.5kg from that run and draws in barrier 3 so should get smothered up throughout. In a race with plenty of pace, if she gets the breaks watch for her exploding to the line.
2 / 2,4 / 3,4,7,11,12 / 2,3,11,14.