Red Can Man off for a break after tough Guineas placing
Star Albany three-year-old Red Can Man will be spelled after a gutsy third place in the Group 2 $500,000 Sky Racing WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Red Can Man gave Albany trainer Steve Wolfe his best ever result in the 3YO feature, fighting hard for jockey Peter Knuckey in the home straight to finish 0.3 lengths behind winner War Saint.
Jumping as a $12 chance, Red Can Man settled just off the leader War Saint after being wide early on and then threw down the challenge as the field turned for home.
War Saint and Red Can Man skipped clear at the top of the home straight.
However, War Saint kept responding and the Neville Parnham-trained galloper clung on desperately over stablemate Kay Cee in the last 50m of the race.
Red Can Man ran the last 600m in 34.76sec., a time that was quicker than the winner.
He earned $45,000 for connections for third place.
Wolfe said the son of Gingerbread Man was now off to have a well-deserved break after a campaign that netted three wins including one at Listed level and a Group 2 placing.
“We were very happy with the run, it was a tough effort,” Wolfe said.
“The horse pulled up without any dramas.
“He will head for a spell now, from there we will weigh up all our options as to what the future holds.”
Wolfe has been a firm believer that Red Can Man will only get better next campaign.
Lordhelpmerun finished last in the listed Carbine Club Of WA Stakes (1400m) earlier in the day for Wolfe.
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