Warrnambool Carnival, Day 2 Preview: 30 April 2019

The Bool is relentless. Luckily, we’re up for the challenge!

It is hump day at the Warrnambool Carnival and after 10 races on day one, we’ve got another 10 today. There’s also the possibility of a thunderstorm late too, which could see an increasingly chopped up track downgraded into the Heavy range.

Here are our runners to follow on day two at The Bool.

WILD FLYER (Race 5, No. 4)

Rewind around nine months and Wild Flyer ran second by half a length on debut to a fellow first starter, The Closer. That filly has gone on to perform respectably at Group level and comes up a short-priced favourite here. Meanwhile Wild Flyer, after winning her second start in town, has endured an indifferent prep and has opened $15 in this event. What she does bring here is a solid fitness grounding after leading at a frantic tempo and getting swamped at Caulfield by Tarwin and co. This represents a big drop in class and she could prove a great each-way proposition if bouncing to a comfortable lead as our map suggests.

SELF SENSE (Race 6 No. 2)

In what looks one of the better bets on the day, Self Sense appears particularly hard to beat in the Galleywood Hurdle. Let’s firstly discuss his rivals: Everyone saw Goodwood Zodiac’s bold jumps debut, but it is unlikely he’ll be able to run this lot ragged in the same fashion with Big Blue and Lucques for company on the pace. With those three ‘challengers’ all taking it up to each other early, the stage may be set for Self Sense to come from off the pace and put his turn of foot to good use. Let’s remember this horse is a multiple Listed race winner and already has the Mornington and Yarra Valley Cups to his name this preparation, to go with his Ipswich and Kilmore Cup triumphs before that. He just may be the superior galloper.

JUNGLE EDGE (Race 8, No. 1)

He may be nearer the end than the beginning, but Jungle Edge is a Group 1 mudark in a Listed event on a potentially sodden track. This is a race without an abundance of early speed, and the long run down the back straight should give him time to settle handily. While he may not longer be at his absolute best, he is impossible to ignore on a wet track, where his career record is phenomenal. A genuine mudlark that rates the pants off most of these, he deserves our respect in the Wangoom at enticing each-way odds.

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