Steve Wolfe is confident Watch Me Dance will fare better second time around against Gemma’s Son in the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday.
The David Harrison-trained Gemma’s Son smashed Wolfe’s I’m All The Talk filly by a whopping 10 lengths when they clashed in a 950m Lark Hill trial last October.
“When she trialed against Gemma’s Son earlier in the season I thought she would win it,” Wolfe told Tabradio.
“When she straightened up I thought she would go past that horse (Gemma’s Son), but she ran away from them.
“I nearly had a heart attack and thought my filly was obviously not as smart as I thought she was.
“But since then she has done everything I have asked of her and all things look pretty positive.”
Watch Me Dance validated Wolfe’s faith with a stunning win on debut at Bunbury last month, storming home from last position to score a soft 1 ¼ length victory over Madam Torio.
Despite producing one of the better two-year-old performances of the season, Watch Me Dance is friendless with punters, easing from $7 out to $16 with Tabtouch.
Gemma’s Son is the rock-solid $1.45 market leader, in from $1.80 after going through undefeated in his opening two races.
Wolfe believes Watch Me Dance can defy her rating.
“She has done very well and is really in good order,” Wolfe said.
“If she reproduces that first run then fingers crossed.
“It was an arrogant win and you don’t see it too often like that.
“Albeit it wasn’t an overly strong field, but she made up a heap of ground.
“Her last 600m was very good with a bit up her sleeve.
“All things look positive.”
Wolfe said Watch Me Dance will be ridden closer to the front from barrier four. Brad Parnham takes the ride.
She is one of two runners for Wolfe with Convalesce also in with strong claims after his fourth to Brooklyn Pier on debut.
To be ridden by Brodie Kirby, the gelding will jump from barrier three. He is also easy with supporters, rated a $15 chance.
Wolfe says Convalesce should not be underestimated.
“I think he is the forgotten horse,” Wolfe said.
“He will run out the 1200m and is a big boy by Playing God.
“He is in wonderful condition and has improved.
“He is not as brilliant as the filly, but will be there at the finish.”