Barood (Doomben Race 2, No.5)
Barood was luckless first-up but can make amends here. This colt trialled the house down prior to his Scone return but Kerrin McEvoy found all sorts of trouble in the run and he was never fully tested. Matches up against his sparring partner Mogador who The Wolf is always happy to take on, especially as favourite. There’s plenty of speed engaged here so McEvoy should be able to tuck him in midfield from the barrier before peeling out in the straight.
Dixie Chick (Randwick Race 3, No.6)
It’s time to get back aboard the Dixie Chick train after the Wagng Wah scratching. She has a great turn of foot which will be crucial in this small field. Two back she didn’t handle the sticky Randwick track before bouncing back at Scone behind smarties Our Beatnik and Torpenhow. Doubt she was in the best part of the track on the inside either. Back to three-year-old fillies grade she’ll take beating.
Voodoo Lad (Morphettville Race 7, No.12)
Think this four-year-old will rise to a high level under the training of Darren Weir so there’s money to be made following him through the grades. Started his Melbourne career on a winning note bolting in at the ‘Bool. Drops 5kg back to the minimum for this and while there are a few well-performed gallopers in the race, none have the upside of this son of I Am Invincible whose record already reads 9:5-3-1.
Mr Individual (Sandown Race 6, No.1)
He’s a bit of an enigma but at $6 in this field, The Wolf is happy to gamble that the real Mr Individual will show up. He was plain first-up in Adelaide but pulled up lame after the race. In his latest two victories he beat Faatinah and then He’s Our Rokkii who have gone on to much greater heights since. The stable are eyeing off Brisbane with this three-year-old so will be desperate to get his confidence back. Expect a positive ride from barrier 1 which greatly enhances his chances.
2,3,8 /1,6,8 / 1,2,4,7 / 2,4,8.
2,5,7,11 / 8 / 1,4,8 / 5,9,17.
Hittite (Randwick Race 1, No.11)
The Wolf has the fillies race at Canterbury where this two-year-old ran fourth, rated very highly. They ran considerably faster time that the colts on the same day. The winner was Acatour who lines up here so there is an edge betting around him. Hittite has to turn the tables on Skylight Glow but the way she hit the line from last suggests the 1400m is right up her alley. A similar case can be made for Primavera coming out of the same race.
Sires Produce Stakes (Doomben)
The NSW two-year-olds look to have a vice-like grip on this race (they have won six of the past eight editions too). Souchez and Attention turned in great Sires trials in the Champagne and look to be crying out for 1400m. Souchez was the pick of the two and is a deserved favourite. The wildcard is Cadogan. He relished the 1400m at his third outing and accelerated like a horse going places. If he drew a soft barrier The Wolf would have him on top. He didn’t so Souchez it is.
Glenlogan Park Stakes (Doomben)
Ghisoni is a top-shelf filly. Was found out a touch in the Coolmore against the older mares but should have bounced straight back by taking out the Arrowfield, She was a good thing rolled and in that race was Japonisme and Counterattack. Cradle Me is racing too well to discount her. With all the breaks nothing here can match he closing speed. Local hope Beatniks is not without some knockout chance either.
Lord Mayor’s Cup (Doomben)
Confident that the Scone Cup is the right form line for this. There was nothing between Pajaro, Amovatio, Mighty Lucky and Malice. The significant difference from that race though is the WFA scale which heavily favours Amovatio and Might Lucky. Pajaro rises 5kg, is drawn wide and is likely to be wanting 2000m now. Willing to risk him. There’s nothing between Amovatio and Mighty Lucky and whoever has the most economical run should win. Ever so sight lean to Amovatio.