Eric Wake’s Wanderlust

21
May

Wanderlust is looking to atone from a set back and bounce back in the Pinjarra Crane Hire Handicap (1000m) at Pinjarra on Thursday.

The Eric Wake-trained three-year-old suffered cardiac arrhythmia when he trailed Military Might by 16 lengths at Belmont on May 3.

It was Wanderlust’s first miss this campaign and followed three excellent placings to August Knight and the highly-rated Bjorn To Love.

The son of Good Journey was sent back to trials and ran last but Wake is confident Wanderlust will be spot on for his return.

“There is no drama and we just wanted to look after him in the trial,” said Wake.

“He could have done better but there was no point in trying to overkill him.

“He pulled up fine and had a good gallop on Saturday.

“If anything he has come forward which is not uncommon with horses who have suffered cardiac arrhythmia.

“I’m more than happy with how he is looking and expect him to run well.”

Cuanzo’s hopes of maintaining his unbeaten status were given a boost when he drew barrier four in the Westspeed Nursery (1300m) at Belmont on Saturday.

The Oratorio gelding has been a real find for Wake and is likely to have his final run this campaign before being set for feature Ascot races later in the year.

The exciting juvenile produced a powerful finish on debut before showing his adaptability to lead from start to finish at Belmont two weeks ago.

“It wasn’t my intention to lead but they all had their chances to run him down,” said Wake.

“He is a real nice horse who has done really well.

“I couldn’t have asked much more from him.

“Despite being by Oratorio I think he can get over ground.

“This is likely to be his final run this preparation before I look at the WA Guineas (1600m) in November.”