Obsidian (Canterbury, Race 2)
Obsidian found the trip too short last start. The Wolf really fancied this import’s chances last start but he ran like a horse desperate for more ground. Gets that here out to 1900m. No disrespect to his most recent riders Koby Jennings and Rory Hutchings, but the engagement of Hugh Bowman is another massive plus. Signposted trotted in at Hawkesbury last start but this is significantly harder. This is the day for Obsidian.
Frothed (Sandown, Race 2)
This filly has brought nothing but heartache for punters. However, this is her day. She ran second at Geelong first-up at $1.50 but the time was pretty slick. She was then outgunned at Moe on a very heavy track. This daughter of Lonhro is much more dynamic on top of the ground, as evidenced by her second to Dixie Chick last campaign. If the Sandown track can dry out to the slow range, she’s a big show here at each-way odds.
Fabulonh (Sandown, Race 3)
Fabulonh is a horse worth following this preparation. This three-year-old colt has taken a while to hit his straps but it all came together at the back-end of last campaign when the blinkers went on. Damien Oliver has stuck with this horse all along and rides again here. Off his jumpouts and with the inside gate he is a massive show in a very deep midweeker. Take the each-way odds first-up and stick with him.
Classic Uniform (Canterbury, Race 7)
The Wolf has been chasing this Gary Moore-trained gelding all preparation! Most punters would have sacked him but with genuine excuses, he’s worth another chance. Last start connections got the tactics horribly wrong. He was ridden for a sit but found himself three-wide after jumping from a middle gate. Expect him to revert to his normal front-running style. The return to Canterbury, a track he loves, can see him win again.
Duke De Vega (Race 1, Canterbury)
It’s a very tight market for this field of six runners. Remarkably to The Wolf though, Duke De Vega finds himself as the $9 outsider. He very much doubts that’ll be the case come jump. This three-year-old has every possible at Wyong last start but was beaten (somehow!) in a deceptive photo finish. He is desperate for the extra trip now and Chris Waller has found a suitable race here against the older horses. Like the Avdulla booking too.
2,4,6,10 / 3,5,8,16 / 9,11, 13 / 1,4,11,15.
2,5,9,11 / 1,8,9 / 3,4,14 / 6,7,12.