Wyn­d­spelle draws well

Weekend Herald - - RAC­ING -

Michael Kent is hop­ing a hand­ier gate to­day will boost the Group One chances of the New Zealand- bred and owned Wyn­d­spelle in the Toorak Hand­i­cap ( 1600m) at Caulfield.

The Cran­bourne trainer can’t fault the son of If­fraaj’s con­di­tion and he has also been more than sat­is­fied with the lead- up ef­forts of the four- yearold, who has drawn seven in a ca­pac­ity field.

“He’s got the abil­ity, he just got too far back the other day and from a bet­ter bar­rier we’re hope­ful he will be in a more winnable po­si­tion,” Kent said.

At his lat­est ap­pear­ance, Wyn­d­spelle drew the out­side in the Listed Paris Lane Stakes ( 1400m) at Flem­ing­ton and got home strongly for sec­ond. He also found the line well in his pre­vi­ous start to fin­ish run­ner- up over 1400m at Caulfield.

“He’s thriv­ing,” Kent said. “It’s a good edi­tion of the Toorak, in past years it hasn’t been as strong, but he’s go­ing re­ally well.”

As long as Wyn­d­spelle races up to ex­pec­ta­tions to­day, he will head to Flem­ing­ton for the A$ 1 mil­lion Can­tala Stakes on Novem­ber 4.

Wyn­d­spelle won t wo races, in­clud­ing the Gr. 2 Waikato Guineas ( 2000m), and placed in Gr. 1 Sis­tema Stakes ( 1200m) and in the Gr. 2 Sarten Me­mo­rial ( 1400m) from the sta­ble of Donna Lo­gan and Chris Gibbs be­fore his move to Vic­to­ria.

Blood­stock agent Phill Cataldo was in­stru­men­tal in the horse join­ing Kent’s op­er­a­tion. “The horse is still a stal­lion so we’re try­ing to en­hance his value, hope­fully he’s good enough. We’ll see on Sat­ur­day.”

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