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Thursday, April 13 2017

Another graduate of New Zealand's top three-year-old class of 2017 will be out to make his mark in Sydney this weekend.

Mongolian Wolf  - Trish Dunell

Off the back of Group One carnival wins for Bonneval, Gingernuts and Jon Snow, Mongolian Wolf will make his first appearance for new owners Australian Bloodstock and champion trainer Darren Weir in Saturday's Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick.

"We're really excited to see him go around in our colours," Australian Bloodstock co-director Jamie Lovett said.

"It's a big ask for Darren who's only had the horse for a couple of weeks, but he did come over here in terrific order.

"We'll see how he goes on Saturday – we could push on to the Brisbane carnival or back off and get him ready for the Melbourne spring."

An Australian-bred son of Pluck, Mongolian Wolf won three of his eight starts for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman before his sale.

Two starts back he finished third in the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas before he was unplaced, again behind the subsequent Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts, after racing three wide without cover in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby.

"We're always on the lookout for horses with a bit of upside and this year the New Zealand three-year-olds have been very, very good. The form lines have been strong," Lovett said.

"This one looks like he's still six months away and Darren made that comment, I think even Murray has said that.

"He's still got some maturing to do and as a four-year-old he could be a Caulfield Cup type of horse."

Australian Bloodstock has enjoyed outstanding success, including Group One victories with Protectionist (Melbourne Cup, Grosser Preis Von Berlin), Master Of Design (T.J. Smith Stakes), Mawingo (Doomben Cup), Salomina (German Oaks) and Turfdonna (German Oaks).

"We're always looking and we'll buy from anywhere – we do it all ourselves, you have to live and die by your own decisions," Lovett said.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 04:26 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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