In-form Appleby to star at Flat finale
WOLF COUNTRY (3.15) can hunt down his rivals on the finale of the turf Flat season – the Marathonbet November Handicap at Doncaster.
It would be a fitting end to what has been a marvellous campaign for both Charlie Appleby and James Doyle.
Appleby is still in dreamland after landing the holy grail that is the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday with Cross Counter, while Doyle has excelled in the saddle and is riding as well as anybody.
Wolf Country has the right profile for this competitive cavalry charge over 1m 4f. Last season he was not disgraced in several hot contests including when fifth in both the Dante at York and the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket, and he hinted that he would make a better four-year-old.
He has clearly had issues this season but comes into the race a fresh horse with just one run since May – a solid second to Now Children on soft ground at Goodwood last month.
He reopposes the winner on 6lb better terms for a four-length beating, but Wolf Country should come on a lot for that run and looks a sporting bet at around the 12-1 mark. Now Children remains a big danger but would prefer softer conditions.
Ian Williams saddled Saunter to win last year and has a strong hand with Reshoun, Restorer and
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