Wolf (JPN) is on his way for a spring campaign with an opening win in the $125,000, Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) at Randwick-Kensington on Saturday with the Waterhouse and Bott trained five-year-old now needing to work on his grades to gain entry to higher level contests over the coming months.
The lightly raced Novelist gelding has five wins now from six starts and with a second from the other start he has won stakes of$185,040 but he was a 81 rating runner going into Saturday’s contest and if he is to make the fields of major Cup’s over the spring he will need to have climbed the ladder.
Wolfe (JPN) and Tim Clark with Stampede and Adam Hyeronimus on the rails, picture Sportpix.com.au
Saturday was a flawless start with Tim Clark camping Wolf with 53kg behind the stablemate Stampede with top-weight of 63kg under Adam Hyeronimus.
The 10kg weight pull was always going to make Stampde’s task difficult, but a good ride by Hyeronimus nearly got them home. As they entered the main straight Hyeronimus sent Stampede forward to open a gap to the stablemate. Clark though kept Wolfe coming at Stampede and even though Wolfe wanted to look to his left they overhauled Stampede going on to a 3/4L win.
Stampede (High Chaparral) and Hyeronimus kept going for the length of the straight and had a 1/2L on So You Win (So You Think) (56.5kg) and James McDonald in third.
The time was 1.48.39 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.33. Wolfe paid $2.50 on fixed odds and $2.40 on the tote as the favourite.
“He is obviously a horse of good promise. He is a bit quirky still, I worked him on Tuesday morning and he did not put in a winning gallop, he is pretty laid back and even today when he got up near the leader he was going to put it away and he felt like he was going to win by two or three, but he got a half-length in front and he thinks the job is done,” said Clark.
“So I am sure he has got more to give if something had come out at him or something to chase, but he is building a good record and is a nice horse.”
“He was most impressive today, a big step up in class for him. Obviously he had the light weight to contend with, but a nice progressive horse and good to see him take that next step for us,” said co-trainer Adrian Bott.
“The long range plans are that he has been purchased out of Japan to come over here and contest the Cup’s races so obviously Melbourne will be high on our radar. There are nice races still here in Sydney that we would like to pick off first before we head down that way, but it is on the agenda for sure.
“We will take him through his grades now and we do need to get that rating up and work our way towards getting the miles in his legs and get that conditioning on him,” he said.
Wolfe, out of the Sunday Silence mare Peace Of World, is owned by Ms K Waterhouse, Mt Hallowell Stud, Musk Creek Farm P/L, Mr D Healey, Mr J W L Tan, Mr B A Stracey, A R Company, Mrs P J Ferguson, Mr J Bongiorno, Mrs P T Gorman, Mr S D Gorman and Mr D W Lilley.
Wolfe and Clark off to the line, picture Stevehart.com.au
Premier's Cup Prelude, photo finish picture ATC