It was winter finals day at Flemington and we saw Iggimacool edge out Petrology to win the Winter Championship Final. Other impressive winners on the day included Telopea, Lord Von Costa and Master Of Arts.
In Sydney the heavy conditions saw several winners at long odds as several jockeys found the fast land down the outside of the Randwick track. Farolitos was impressive winning the Shoot Out Mile but it was Thunder Road and Monogram who stole the show with wins at $61 and $41 respectively.
As always The Wolf has added some blackbookers to his file and put a line through a couple that he says will not win next time out.
Jimivag (Race 3, Flemington)
Was in the same race as one of the dominant winners of the day in Kilarney Kid but showed that he can handle both the step un in class and distance. Has a terrible habit of spotting his rivals too big a start but we are sure to get double figure odds next time he runs in town. Has a great turn of foot and gets stronger as he hits the line. A bit more maturity will see him settle better in the middle stages of his runs and that will see him turn second and third place finishes into wins.
Petrology (Race 7, Flemington)
Has never performed well on soft ground but today he went oh so close. The winner Iggimacool had the runs on the board as one would say but Corey Parish trailed one of the more favoured runners the entire trip. Had they been running on firm ground The Wolf has no doubt that Petrology would have been the winner and we will definitely have him in our blackbook. The last time the Hayes & Dabernig trained Petrology ran over the mile on firm ground he was a winner – a repeat of that next time out will yield the same result!
Burning Passion (Race 8, Rosehill)
The Wolf knows this Northern Meteor gelding out of the Cummings camp all too well but it was the way he won which has The Wolf excited moving forward. For starters he was first up on a heavy track and to make things tougher was stuck three wide up on the speed where they had been getting swamped late all day. Mcevoy let him loose as they turned for home and the response from Burning Passion was impressive. He instantly pulled two lengths clear and it was the one time all day that the back markers failed to make up ground. His second up record is close to perfect so you will want to be on next time he’s in town.
Euro Angel (Race 2, Flemington)
It’s always painful when a 5 chipper gets rolled but The Wolf will be sticking with this filly. She likes to get back and power home but from the inside draw Dwayne Dunn was forced to take her forward and ride her up on the speed. With Craig Williams hugging the rail to win on board Lady Selkirk in the first it seemed like a good decision – it wasn’t. She’s a big filly and he waited too long to wind her up. Don’t be deterred though as she will be winning us plenty of money over the coming months and into the spring.
A Lotta Love (Race 9, Flemington)
The Wolf hopes that this sacking will only be temporary but we won’t be backing this mare next time she goes around – especially if it’s at Flemington. This mare has now placed just once at the track but it was her work in the final furlong, or lack thereof, which has raised concerns. Tracked the toppy She’s Clean but once she pulled along side she simply couldn’t get passed – and that’s with a 6kg advantage at the weights. What was even more concerning is that Patrick Maloney had her at top speed while the winner, Telopea, was under a grip. Craig Williams gave Telopea a little niggle and that was the end of it. We will be giving this mare A Lotta Love in the coming months.
Killarney Kid (Race 3, Flemington)
There really can be no question as to the ability of Darren Weir. Since coming across from the Moody camp Killarney Kid has been as consistent as any horse you will find. Had finished no worse than 3rd in his 3 runs this prep and had been given two very cruisy trials in order to maintain peak fitness. It definitely showed as he went straight to the front half way done the straight and made his rivals look second rate. Won by 4 lengths going away from them!
Code Noir (Race 5, Doomben)
He had won 2 of his first 3 career starts heading into this one and the punters rallied right around him. This Red Element gelding started odds on following the continuous support but he failed to live up to expectations. Little Capri shot to the lead and stretched the field right out with a cracking tempo. Code Noir got a good enough tow into the race but he left it far too late. His turn of foot should improve second up but the punters will be careful taking the shorts next time.
Thunder Road (Race 4, Randwick) & Monogram (Race 8, Randwick)
We have dual bolters this week as the crown is shared by identical runs on a heavy Randwick track. Tommy Berry showed the way in the opening race on Thronum and the other jocks were certainly paying attention. James Innes Jnr came from last on Thunder Road at $61 while Tim Clark rode his second winner of the day steering Monogram at $41 along the outside rail to power over the top of Harlem Lady and Flamboyant Lass.