WALLER’S WOLF READY TO HOWL
CHAMPION trainer Chris Waller has Doncaster aspirations for import Mister Sea Wolf though stopped short of predicting a first-up win at Rosehill tomorrow.
The six-year-old, winner of six from 23 starts, has attracted heavy early support with punters opening at $11 with TAB and firming to $6 within hours.
Waller said his immediate goal with Mister Sea Wolf is the Group 2 Villiers Stakes, run in two weeks, which carries a Doncaster exemption.
“His form will stand up but it’s a matter of when,” Waller said. “Normally they take run or two, often into a second preparation. But he has trialled well and settled in well, I’d like to get him through to a Villiers second-up and be a little more confident going into that than I am about Saturday.”
Waller has won six Doncasters with Winx (2016), Kermadec (2015), Sacred Falls (2013-14), Rangirangdoo (2010) and Triple Honour (2008).
Mister Sea Wolf tackles the Listed $150,000 Festival Stakes (1500m) with Tim Clark in the saddle on the back of one public trial – Waller said he’s had no jump outs – for a pleasing third at Rosehill last Friday.
He was winner over a mile at the Curragh in May and Listed placed the same course on July 1.
“He’s a nice middle distance horse that has pretty good form around the mile,” Waller said.
“I respect that form in England and Ireland as much as I do with staying races.
“It’s good to give them a couple of starts before you get them ready for the late autumn/winter.
“I see him as that Ajax/Doncaster Prelude type of horse to get the confidence to get him to the Doncaster or a Doomben Cup.”
Mister Sea Wolf is one of three runners for Waller in the Festival Stakes and it’s fair to say the other pair, Group 1 winners Japonsime and Good Project are battling to find their best form.