Wolf Breaks Through
Jul 17, 2015
It was an overdue and much deserved maiden win for Himalayan Wolf at Pakenham on Friday, the consistent three-year-old making up for a recent run of bad luck with a gutsy performance.
Having her tenth start, and her fourth in a row at Pakenham, a track she has shown a good liking for, Himalayan Wolf was strong to the line for the in-form Jye McNeil who was riding the filly for the first time.
"We were very lucky to get across from a pretty ordinary draw," he said.
"She relaxed really well for me and we were able to save a bit of ground around the corner which helped us in the end."
McNeil was impressed by the heart that Himalayan Wolf showed over the final stages.
"The horse on the outside looked like it was going to go straight past us but she really dug deep."
Jade Matthews, enjoying her last day at work before maternity leave (good luck Jade!) , was pleased to see Himalayan Wolf break through for her "very patient owners."
"Last start things didn't really go well for her but Jye got her into a really good spot today and the race worked out well and she was really tough on the line."
"She has always been thereabouts, she is usually in the first four or five but she has been pretty unlucky."
Noting that Himalayan Wolf has been up for a while, Jade said that the bay has been thriving on racing - "she is happy in herself and there are plenty more races around for her, I am sure she will continue to be competitive."
A home-bred for John Mathieson who races the daughter of the Middle Park Stakes winner Amadeus Wolf with Malcolm Taylor, L J Taylor, Ashley Walsh, Grant Reed, Sean Bilton, David Byers, Peter Buchanan and C A Mathieson, Himalayan Wolf is the second winner produced by the Strategic mare Best Laid Plans.
Closely related to the high class racehorse and stallion General Nediym (pictured_, Himalayan Wolf can also boast her relations the big races winners Brew, Horlicks, Interstellar, Military Plume, Zip Zip Aray, Nicconi and Fiumicino.