Black Wolf primed to run his rivals ragged in Gowran test
Black Wolf Run gets the nod to justify the nap vote on a distinctly low-key Flat spread at Gowran Park tomorrow.
The three-year-old gelding, trained by David Wachman, contests a 13-runner maiden over seven furlongs, with more exposed sorts such as Frozen Lake and Gussy Goose lacking his potential. Dermot Weld's Moyglare Stud newcomer Malinka is probably the one to note in the market, but Black Wolf Run has the most appealing overall profile.
A three-parts brother to Wachman's dual Group winner Requinto, the son of Danehill Dancer is out of the stable's 2004 Queen Mary heroine Damson.
He is bred to be decent, and he ran perfectly respectably when keeping on for third to Tailteann Games over this trip on his Dundalk debut last month.
The runner-up Ardhoomey and the fourth Ortiga have since come out and franked the form in style, so it doesn't require a huge stretch of the imagination to see Black Wolf Run making similar progression now. If he does, then he should take a bit of stopping under Wayne Lordan.
Later on, Lordan might also collect aboard the Patrick Prendergast-trained Beechmount Whisper in the extended nine-furlong handicap. A paltry field of six will go to post for this €9,000 heat, and there would be no more deserving winner than Beechmount Whisper, which has been chinned on its last two starts in more competitive affairs at Navan. She is seven pounds higher than when beaten on the line by Muraabit on the first occasion, but she still has the scope to justify that hike.
The €15,000 conditions race that brings proceedings to a close is even more poorly populated with a field of four.
While Ballydoyle's Royal Navy Ship and Ger Lyons' Lat Hawill are sure to figure prominently, a chance is taken on Tony Martin's Clonard Street beginning to live up to his potential.
Last year's Beresford Stakes runner-up never figured on his reappearance behind Curvy at the Curragh but he wasn't entirely disgraced either.
He sports a tongue-strap and blinkers for a first time here, so they might help Fran Berry to get a tune out of him now that he has had the benefit of a run.
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien should take all the beating in the juvenile maiden with Air Vice Marshal, while Sofi's Spirit is another tipped to atone for two near misses under Seamie Heffernan in the mile handicap.
Michael Browne's five-year-old has gone down by a nose here and a head at Roscommon, but she is clearly progressing along the right lines.
In the €24,000 handicap over seven furlongs, Willie Mullins' Laviniad looks sure to attract plenty of support. Over this trip, though, Pat Smullen's mount may prove vulnerable, so Ken Condon's consistent Strait Of Zanzibar is preferred.