Future starts undecided for flying three-year-old Red Can Man

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Red Can Man was an impressive winner at Ascot on Saturday for Steve Wolfe.
Camera IconRed Can Man was an impressive winner at Ascot on Saturday for Steve Wolfe. Credit: Laurie Benson

Leading Albany trainer Steve Wolfe has nothing mapped out for classy three-year-old Red Can Man after he recorded a dominant win in the Schweppes Handicap (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.

With race meetings closed to all non-essential people, Red Can Man made it successive victories since resuming from a spell.

Shaun McGruddy produced a brilliant ride on Red Can Man from an awkward barrier draw, settling third before coming wide around the turn and powering clear to win by 2.2 lengths over Pym’s Royale.

Wolfe said he was unsure where his talented sprinter would head next.

“I have nothing planned for him yet, we will decide in a week,” Wolfe said.

“We are not even sure if we will be racing, so we will just wait and see.

“It was a very good ride but when you’re on a good horse it helps.

Red Can Man made it back to back wins at Ascot on Saturday in dominant fashion for Steve Wolfe and Shaun McGruddy.
Camera IconRed Can Man made it back to back wins at Ascot on Saturday in dominant fashion for Steve Wolfe and Shaun McGruddy. Credit: Laurie Benson

“He has a while to go to get to the top grade — he’s only won five races but he has the potential to get there.

“He has only raced in restricted races but we will know in six to 12 months what type of horse he is and see if he can get to a Railway or Winterbottom.”

Rising two-year-old filly Watch Me Dance produced the fastest 600m sectional in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m), finishing second to Starfield Impact after coming from ninth on the home corner.

Wolfe said she was spot on to contest the Group 2 $500,000 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) in a fortnight.

“She will be very competitive against (David) Harrison’s colt in the Karrakatta I think,” Wolfe said.

“She ran the fastest 600m on Saturday in a strong field and had to make up a lot of ground, which the track wasn’t really producing.”

Albany two-year-old Dark Assault also tuned up for the Karrakatta Plate, running a strong second to Gemma’s Son in the listed Perth Stakes (1100m).

Eurasia, which was heavily supported into a $1.80 favourite, finished the weekend on a winning note for Wolfe after a strong win in the Michael Lane Racing Handicap (1400m) in Bunbury.

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