A MASTERFUL drive has resulted in quality pacer Wolf Stride heading interstate on a winning note.
Having his final hit out before being sent to New South Wales, Wolf Stride was too good in last night’s Terang Cup.
While the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was expected to win as the $2.10 favourite, Zac Phillips ensured victory with a faultless exhibition in the sulky.
One of the in-form reinsman in the country, Phillips weaved Wolf Stride through traffic from his second row draw to find the lead within the first 500 metres.
Rating the gelding to perfection, Phillips remained motionless as Wolf Stride cruised to an impressive six-and-a-half metre win from Malcolms Rhythm, with Somewhere Secret three metres away third.
“I was hoping to follow through Sirletic at the start as he’s a quick beginner,” Phillips said. “It all worked out well.
“Once he found the front he settled nicely and hit the line strongly.”
Trained by Sonya Smith and Anthony Butt, Wolf Stride rated 1:56.6 over 2680 metres to take his record to 13 wins, nine placings and earnings of $266,320 from 27 starts for owners Emilio and Mary Stride.
Enjoying a peaceful time today, Wolf Stride will be sent across the Murray to join Smith and Butt tomorrow to prepare for the Miracle Mile.
The five-year-old is set to contest one of next weekend’s qualifying sprints at Club Menangle.
Should all according to plan Wolf Stride will then compete in the $1million Garrards Miracle Mile at the world class venue the following week.
“He’s in great shape and that run will keep him at his peak,” Butt said. “He’ll head up here tomorrow as we get him ready for the sprints.”
Wolf Stride’s success was the opening leg of a double for Smith, Butt and Phillips, with trio combing to score with Alpine Stride later on the card.