A SHORT break is on the cards for exciting pacer Wolf Stride before he is “thrown in the deep end”.
A brilliant winner of the Metropolitan Region Championship at Club Menangle tonight, Wolf Stride will enjoy “a few weeks off” before trainer Anthony Butt prepares him for a host of majors during summer.
Along with the rescheduled Riverina Series Final in Wagga, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven will take the leap to Grand Circuit company in early 2021.
The Riverina Series for four-year-old was meant to be conducted last month, but was pushed back October due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I will give him a break and then he’ll be thrown in the deep end when comes back as he is up in grade,” Butt said.
“Even the Riverina Series will be a step up as horses like Lochinvar Art are also being aimed at it.
“After that I will look at some of the bigger stuff over summer in Victoria and here at Menangle.”
Driven by Butt during his Group One triumph, Wolf Stride began quickly to find the lead from barrier six as Culture King was forced to do it tough in the ‘death seat’.
With Rockin Marty sent forward to test him from the breeze at the bell, Wolf Stride was slipped more rein turning into the back straight.
“We went a bit harder down the back than I would have liked,” Butt said. “He got a bit fired up as Rockin Marty came at him quick, but wasn’t too bad.”
Despite the quick tempo the entire strode away from the pack at the top of the home stretch to complete a nine-metre win from Culture King, with Bettor Robyn three metres away third.
Stretching his winning streak to six – with his overall record sitting on seven wins and three placings from 13 starts – Wolf Stride rated a slick 1:53.6 over 2300 metres.
“He went super,” Butt said. “I’m really pleased with him.
“I felt I had a few options from the draw, but going forward at the start was the first option to try and simplify things.
“With Luke (McCarthy, Culture King) drawn on my outside I wasn’t sure if we would hold him out, but it was good that he did and he felt terrific throughout.”
Wolf Stride’s success was the second leg of a double for Butt and owners Emilio and Mary Rosati after the trio scored with Mango Stride earlier on the card.
Also driven by Butt, the gelding covered the mile in 1:50.5 to account for Loorrim Creek and Don Boston.