Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been thrilled with the condition displayed by River Wild this time and has revealed the horse will likely progress to an appearance in the 2016 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) following the third run of his campaign this weekend.
River Wild returned to racing this time for a credible fourth in the McGrath Estate Agents BM70 (1200m) at Randwick on Boxing Day before producing an impressive late effort to beat a talented field to the line in the Top Ideal SCM BM72 (1200m) on January 16th.
Waterhouse told Racing Ahead the son of Fastnet Rock has continued to take plenty of benefit from his two runs this time, and she is more than confident he is up to the standard of a race like the 2016 Hobartville Stakes this time.
“He’s got a terrific chance,” Waterhouse said.
“People get the heebee jeebies when horses have a bit of weight in races but you have to remember these horses carry much heavier weights in work every morning.
“I think he’s quite well weighted for what he’s done in the race and he’s a progressive type. He’s at a winning race weight.
“I’m very, very happy with every single thing he’s done.
“After this he’ll either go to the Hobartville or come down for the CS Hayes in Melbourne.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, River Wild was kept away from racing as a two-year-old through the 2015 edition of the Autumn Carnival; decision that paid immediate dividends when he produced a scintillating turn of foot to win the Markey Saddlery Maiden (1300m) by more than six lengths first-up in August.
Tested against a quality metropolitan field a fortnight later, River Wild was unlucky to be hampered for a run early in the McGrath Estate Agents BM72 (1400m) but kicked well late to finish third behind Wudang Mountain and Let’s Make It Rain.
River Wild is currently rated a $2.25 favourite to win the More Than Winning BM72 (1400m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow.
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