In-form Ap­pleby to star at Flat fi­nale

Daily Star - - STARFORM - By JA­SON HEAVEY

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.

Sport­ing

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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