The Chris Waller camp has high hopes that Mister Sea Wolf is up to winning the 2018 Group 1 $1m Magic Millions Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
Mister Sea Wolf performed creditably at Group 1 level during the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Carnival and Waller’s travelling foreman Charlie Duckworth is confident that the English import can figure in the finish of the Kingston Town Classic.
The seven year old was beaten less than three lengths when eighth to Hartnell in the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick and then finished twelfth behind Best Of Days in the Group 1 $1m Kennedy Mile (1600m) at Flemington.
Mister Sea Wolf has had one run in Perth for a fifth to Galaxy Star in the Group 1 $1m Kirin Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot a fortnight ago and Duckworth is expecting the gelding to show plenty of improvement as a result of that run.
“His work had been good…we were confident he had come through it well,” Duckworth told RWWA News Desk.
“Obviously the Epsom is an ultra-competitive Group 1.”
“Realistically, he’s not going to get his Group 1 in the middle of the spring carnival.
“This is certainly a Group 1 he’s capable of taking out.
“We’ve got a bit of confidence in Rory…he’s a very cool and relaxed character.”
Rory Hutchings has the mount on Mister Sea Wolf who will jump from barrier twelve in the Kingston Town Classic field that has been reduced to fourteen runners following the early scratching of the Justin Warwick trained Elegant Blast.
Betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has Mister Sea Wolf listed as one of the outsiders for the Kingston Town Classic at $34 while the local filly Arcadia Queen heads the market order at $2.30 ahead of her stablemate Galaxy Star at $4.80.