A FEW easy days before another interstate trip….that’s what is in store for top pacer Wolf Stride.
Competing at Club Menangle on February 27 and March 6, which netted a Group One win and a Miracle Mile third, Wolf Stride returned to his Victorian base last week ahead of tonight’s Melton Plate at Tabcorp Park.
Having etched his name on the feature’s honour roll, the five-year-old’s next mission is the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship.
Destined to be Wolf Stride’s last run this campaign, the Group One is scheduled to be staged in Wagga on April 4.
“This race fitted in nicely between him getting home and going back to New South Wales for the big race in Wagga,” co-trainer Anthony Butt said.
“That race will see him out and he’ll enjoy a nice quiet winter before we get him going in spring.
“The plan will be to have a couple of starts before the Victoria Cup and build up to the Inter Dominion at the end of the year.”
With Butt in the cart Wolf Stride was eased away from his inside of the second row draw to settle two-back in the running line as Max Delight led from barrier seven.
Angled three-wide during the middle stages, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was sent forward to test the front runner from the breeze.
Forging his way the lead halfway along the home straight, Wolf Stride completed a two-metre win from Max Delight, with Zoliver a metre-and-a-half away third.
Co-trained by Sonya Smith, Wolf Stride rated 1:54.9 over 2240 metres to take his record to 15 wins and 10 placings from 30 starts for earnings of $449,320 for owners Emilio and Mary Rosati.