A LITTLE over a year ago Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith began training a raw four-year-old which made an instant impression on the pair.
After giving the gelding seven starts – for six wins and a third – Butt declared the son of Rock N Roll Heaven, which had only had 13 outings, a Grand Circuit performer on the rise.
Making steady progress through the grades during the interim, the pacer has proven Butt’s prediction to be spot on.
In fact, at Club Menangle tonight Wolf Stride is the TAB Fixed Odds favourite in the Allied Express Logistics Sprint.
The Group One is a gate way to the famed $1million Garrards Miracle Mile, which is scheduled to be conducted at the world class venue next weekend.
Winner of last week’s Terang Cup with Zac Phillips in the cart, Wolf Stride made the trip to New South Wales on Monday, with Butt reporting the five-year-old has “settled in fine”.
“He left Melbourne in perfect condition and that’s what he is in now,” Butt said. “He hasn’t missed a beat all week.
“He’s settled in fine, eating, drinking and working as good as ever.
“Sonya and I couldn’t be happier with him going into this.”
To be driven by Butt, Wolf Stride will begin from barrier four.
In what is regarded as the tougher of the two Miracle Mile qualifiers, Wolf Stride is at $4, with Max Delight considered the main danger at $4.50.
Successful at his last two starts, Max Delight has drawn gate three.
“He has drawn to get into a good spot, so with a bit of luck that’s how it will work out,” Butt said. “It’s a pretty even field and I’d say the winner will have to better 1:50.”