Exciting three-year-old Bragwell wins impressively while Red Can Man likely to run in Group 3 Northerly Stakes

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Trainer Steve Wolfe at his Albany stables earlier this year.
Camera IconTrainer Steve Wolfe at his Albany stables earlier this year. Credit: Laurie Benson

Star Albany galloper Red Can Man is likely to press on to the $150,000 Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 17 after an impressive first-up run on Saturday.

The four-year-old Gingerbread man gelding battled on for fourth after sitting outside the lead in the Black Heart Bart Stakes (1200m) for jockey Shaun McGruddy.

The Steve Wolfe-trained galloper is on track for his major goal, the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes in November.

Wolfe said he was happy with Red Can Man’s first-up effort.

“We will just keep going forward with him,” he said.

“He pulled up alright, it’s only been a few days since he raced.

“The first 600m was 12 lengths faster than any other race that day and he still managed to run fourth sitting on speed.

“The three horses in the top four in running finished towards the rear so he’s done a fair job.

“He hasn’t done anything wrong for his plans going forward.”

Wolfe tasted success at Belmont Park on Wednesday with exciting three-year-old Bragwell powering to victory to break maiden status at his second career start.

The I’m All The Talk gelding ran second on debut but justified favouritism when box seating behind the leader before piercing through a gap in the final 300m for McGruddy, going on to win by just under a length.

Wolfe said he had no real plans for Bragwell.

“We have no ambitious plans at the moment,” he said.

“He might race in a restricted race in Albany or go to Perth.”

“He might get to the top grade but he has only had two runs so we will just work through the gears with him.”

Wolfe also had an impressive trial winner at Belmont on Tuesday, with unraced three-year-old Alpha And Omega winning by a length over 1000m.

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