Warwick Farm races: Richard Litt confident Wander won’t be dawdling from good draw

FOR a horse that’s run eighth, fourth, eighth and fifth at his past four starts, there’s a lot to like about Wander at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Trainer Richard Litt has been watching on as his six-year-old finishes a length or two off the winner of late and he’s hoping his horse is the one they run behind in the sixth race.

“He’s going well. His last few runs have been very good and he hasn’t been far away from them in some tougher races,” Litt said.

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“He’s a good old warrior and he’s going as well as ever and he’s well performed on his home track.”

Nash Rawiller will take over from Tom Sherry and guide Wander out of barrier one which he’ll try and take advantage of.

“Having Nash on is a big bonus and he should run really well. We’re hopeful,” Litt said.

“He’s led and won at Warwick Farm so I’ll leave it up to Nash. We’re not complaining about gate one.”

Trainer Richard Litt, pictured with former stable star Castelvecchio, has a number of good chances at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Picture: Stuart McEvoySource:News Corp Australia

Shaddy is one punters shouldn’t forget in the second race, for three-year-olds, after he ran ninth last start in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle.

Before that the Hallowed Crown colt won and ran second at Newcastle and he’s a horse with more wins in front of him.

He does take on a good field including the undefeated Harmony Rose who is one of six last start winners lining up in Wednesday’s race.

“His first two runs were extremely good and the Spring Stakes was a disaster. He drew wide and went forward but so did everyone else and he got caught deep,” Litt said.

“It was a complete forgive run. I’ve taken the blinkers off and we’ll ride him quite.

“Nash will help him a lot as well. You’ve got to have an aggressive rider on him. He’s a good horse moving forward, I really like him.”

Litt and the punters will know who good Black Duke’s preparation is going to be after the fourth race today.

Jockey Nash Rawiller partners Wander and Shaddy for Richard Litt at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

He’s by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente but his previous form indicates that he’ll be effective over 1000m on Wednesday even though he’ll get out to 1600m at some point.

“He’s done very well because he’s been gelded which is a huge bonus,” Litt said.

“He was not a pleasant colt. He was hard to manage and his temperament was getting in the way of his racing.

“He’s in very good order and had a nice trial. The 1000m is not his trip but he’s a good horse and we’ll see him hitting the line well.”

Joey’s Joy is Litt other runner going around in the fifth race over 1400m who is she’s first-up off a 16-week spell and will want 2000m and more later on.

“She’s an old warrior who is just getting fit,” Litt said.

“She’s a marvel and she’ll be at the provincial at her next run over more ground. She trialled up nicely but it probably one for another day as well.”


GREG Hickman gets to see how good Britain has come back when he runs first-up at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The Snitzel gelding is entering his third preparation and is at an age, three, when he can go to another level.

But his rivals are in the same boat heading into a Benchmark 68 Handicap (1000m) so there’s a few unknowns with a lot of rising horses running in the race.

Hickman knows how good his horse is travelling though and Nash Rawiller rides him from barrier three.

“He’s going well,” Hickman said.

“Nash trialled him the other day and he trialled good. He’s does well at home.

“I don’t know how tough the race is but I know he’s a tough horse so hopefully he can run really, really well.

“There is some nice horses in it and they’re all starting to race at this time of the year to get to where they’re going to go to.”

Hickman gains confidence out of a gear change he applied to Britain in March this year.

Greg Hickman has a couple of good chances at Warwick Farm including Britain and Rathvilly Miss. Picture Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“He goes a length or two better when you put the blinkers on. He’s not a superstar but he can win some races,” Hickman said.

Rathvilly Miss is Hickman’s other runner on Wednesday in a Benchmark 72 Handicap (1400m) and she’s been doing everything but winning of late.

She’s coming off a third placing three weeks ago over 1600m and steps back in trip which Hickman is hoping is the right way to take her.

“She’s been very consistent,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ve freshened her up enough to come back to 1400m. All I know is that she looks very well.”

Meanwhile, Hickman won’t run Eleven Eleven in the Starlight Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday but is keen to start Investor in a 3YO Maiden Handicap at Canterbury on Friday night.

“He’s a chance to go there. We’ll just see where he draws,” Hickman said.

“He could be flying under the radar. I’m happy with him. He’s a horse that just does what he has to do in work.

“He’ll have winkers on and hopefully he can keep on improving.”


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