ONE is heading for a spell, while the other is likely to be taken interstate.
Discussing plans for his stable’s two feature winners from this afternoon, Anthony Butt revealed Wolf Stride has run his last race this campaign, while Perfect Stride is destined to cross the border into South Australia.
With Butt in the cart, Wolf Stride ended his preparation on an ideal note – winning the Regional Championship in Wagga.
The $100,000 event was Wolf Stride’s second Group One this term, having also captured three Group Twos.
“That will see him out this campaign,” said Butt, who co-trains with his partner Sonya Smith.
“He has had a few easy days here and there but has pretty much been up since September so he’s earned a good break.
“We’ll give him six to eight weeks off now then get him ready for the Victoria Cup in October.”
After racing outside the leader from his second row draw, Wolf Stride dug deep to stave off a late challenge from Out To Play to score by half-head.
In a thrilling finish Max Delight was a half-head away third.
Rating 1:52.5 over 2270 metres, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven extended his record to 17 wins and 10 placings from 32 starts for earnings of $508,950.
“It got close at the finish but he did a tremendous job to hold them off,” Butt said.
In Victoria Perfect Stride had an easier time in the Warragul Cup.
Driven by Zac Phillips, Perfect Stride rated 1:56.9 over 2627 metres as Majestic Cruiser and Fourbigmen filled the placings.
Triumphant in the Charlton Cup last January, Perfect Stride will be given “a few easy days” before being primed for the South Australia Cup.
The time-honoured feature is scheduled to be conducted at Globe Derby on April 17.
“The SA Cup looks like a good race for him, so that’s the way he will be heading,” Butt said. “Depending on how he has pulled up from last night Boots Electric may also go over for the same race.”