Veteran WA trainer Steve Wolfe reckons training horses is a hell of a lot easier than shearing sheep for a living and the 72-year-old hopes an exciting filly can give him his biggest racing thrill by winning the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic.
Wolfe is a shearer by trade and a self-taught trainer who has Watch Me Dance as a $10 chance in the $1million Group 1 at Ascot on Saturday.
Watch Me Dance last month became just the second filly in 61 years to win the Champion Fillies Stakes-WA Guineas double as she produced a thrilling win.
Bookies have kept her safe in the Kingston Town Classic, noting the superb recent record of three-year-old fillies in the 1800m weight-for-age contest.
Perfect Reflection was the first three-year-old filly to win the race, in 2015, but fillies have won it the last two years with Arcadia Queen in 2018 followed by Kay Cee last year.
With the featherweight of 50kg and a good barrier (5) helping her cause, Wolfe reckons she will run a mighty race and favourite Inspirational Girl ($2.25) will have to run sizzling late sectionals to get past her.
Watch Me Dance cost just $34,000 and has already banked almost $800,000 and is racing for a $590,000 first prize in the Kingston Town Classic.
“She is the real deal,” Wolfe declared, after watching his filly work at Albany, 420km southeast of Perth, on Thursday morning.
“She is a bloody exciting filly.
“She has got fierce determination and I think that sets people apart and it also sets horses apart.
“Those that want to win do win, and those that want to be successful are successful.
“She doesn’t have to improve and they don’t come any better than her in terms of trying.
“I firmly believe the further back she is in the run, the better she is, if you have a look at her early runs she was coming from last and swamping them.
“Now she just jumps like a gazelle and I’d say she will be running fourth or fifth.
“With our weight and with the easy run, Inspirational Girl will have to chop out pretty good sectionals late.”
Watch Me Dance becomes 2nd filly in 61 years to capture the WA Champion Fillies/G2 WA Guineas double with brilliant display at Ascot. By I’m All The Talk, Watch Me Dance was sold by Mungrup Stud to Noel Carter for just $34,000 at the 2019 Perth @mmsnippets. #ItPaysToBuyAustralian pic.twitter.com/I58VFK87a7
Wolfe says another of his horses, Red Can Man, who finished sixth behind Elite Street in the Group 1 Winterbottom last Saturday, will on Monday travel to Melbourne to be set for a campaign which hasn’t been determined at this stage.
Wolfe is having the time of his life training horses and a Group 1 win would be the icing on the cake for the former shearer.
“I worked on farms and ran a shearing team and then I taught myself about training horses, I learned what I could but I probably have got a lot to learn yet,” he says.
“Shearing is a lot harder, training horses is the easiest caper in the world even though different owners might stress you a bit.
“Everyone wants to be successful and sometimes you go through some lean runs and unfortunately you start to doubt yourself, but I’m sure all trainers are like that.”
Originally published asThe former shearer chasing Group 1 glory
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