But this classified contest, restricted to horses rated 0-90, fits the bill perfectly for Prairie Wolf
who is rated exactly on the ceiling for the race.
There was not much in it at the line, with Prairie Wolf
gaining the honours by a head from Hills Of Gold.
Certainly, on his third to older rivals Stretton and Prairie Wolf
in a blanket finish for a strong handicap at York last October, he would have an outstanding chance today.
His best run last year was over a mile and a quarter on quick ground when a close third to Stretton and Prairie Wolf
in quite a hot handicap at York.
Michael Bell was also on the same stretch and Shabernak had his final gallop for Saturday's Doncaster Shield when working well with Prairie Wolf
and one other, and Temple Place shared company with Ganymede.
With Dettori reportedly suffering from food poisoning, Robinson filled the breach aboard the James Bethell-trained gelding to get home by a neck and a short head from Prairie Wolf
and Liquid Form.
Faraway Echo came through nicely to hold the call from her companion, while old-timer Prairie Wolf
and Terfel moved well alongside.
In a strongly run affair, he was being ridden along to stay in touch early but eventually came through to score by a length and a half from Prairie Wolf
IF PRAIRIE WOLF
is anything like the horse of old he should run a big race at attractive odds in the City of Ripon Showcase Handicap (3.
had twice gone close in this event before winning it last year.