Inspired by the autumn performances of Watch Me Dance and Red Can Man, veteran Albany trainer Steve Wolfe can now set his sights on targeting the big stage at Ascot later in the year.
Watch Me Dance confirmed her standing as Perth’ leading two-year-old with victory in the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), nailing a big time win after going close in previous races.
Perth’s second richest prize purse for juveniles book-ended an impressive maiden campaign for Watch Me Dance, who gave Wolfe a taste of what was to come when she made her debut at Bunbury.
The I’m All The Talk filly set tongues wagging back in January when she sizzled home from last and again later at Ascot with another searching run from the tail of the field.
If not for close placings in the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m), Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) and Karrakatta Plate (1200m), her record could be greater.
Bought for $34,000 as a yearling, Watch Me Dance has pocketed $361,100 in stake earnings.
Wolfe said now that she had set the platform, he was confident Watch Me Dance could go onto great heights when she resumes.
“It’s just a relief because we all know how hard it is to win those races,” Wolfe said on Tabradio.
“You go in expecting to win with a horse like her, but you still need all the breaks.
“She was just six inches from winning everything.
“She’s an exceptional filly and a lot better than what you have seen yet.
“She has all the attributes of a good horse.
“She puts her head down and tries, that’s a wonderful thing.
“We are quite excited and it’s nice to have a horse like that go around.
“She will come back in the middle of winter and tick along very quietly.
“Hopefully she can go for the Champion Fillies and WA Guineas, and be very competitive.”
Wolfe is just as lavish in his praise of Red Can Man, who underlined his class when he won the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and placed third in the WA Guineas (1600m) last year.
The son of Gingerbread Man returned and backed it up brilliantly with a flawless autumn campaign, reeling off three straight wins over Fred Dag, Pym’s Royale and Laverrod.
“He’s in the paddock having a break,” Wolfe said.
“He might have a run in the winter time, I’ll think about it.
“More than likely will be aimed at the Railway and better races leading up to that.”