Group Three Winner for Pluck
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 15 April 2017
Ex-Kiwi trained Pluck (USA) gelding Mongolian Wolf made a winning debut for his new trainer Darren Weir when scoring a powerful victory in the Group III ATC Frank Packer Plate at Randwick on Saturday.

Third to Gingernuts in the Group II Avondale Guineas, Mongolian Wolf finished down the track behind that horse in the Group I New Zealand Derby, so was fresh for this assignment having not raced since early March.

Now racing in the colours of Australian Bloodstock, Monoglian Wolf (image Steve Hart) found the line strongly out wide to score a length and a quarter win in the 2000 metre staying test taking his overall record to four wins from nine starts with prizemoney topping $125,000.

"He's a lovely horse and the Kiwis have dominated our carnival, so I was always confident I was on the right horse," said winning rider Brenton Avdulla.

PluckMongolian Wolf is a sale ring veteran, sold as a weanling at Magic Millions for $8,000, then as a yearling at Magic Millions National for $30,000 to New Zealand based Regal Farm.

They re-offered him at the NZB Ready to Run Sale where he fetched $200,000 when bought by Rider Horse China and since then he has been sold privately to Australian Bloodstock.

Bred by Hillside Parade Racing and Breeding, Mongolian Wolf is the best of two winners from Oomaroo, an unraced half-sister by Tale of the Cat (USA) to Group II winner Thump from stakes-winner Oomph.

Mongolian Wolf is the second stakes-winner for Vinery Stud's Pluck, a US bred son of their champion sire More Than Ready (USA).

With his oldest progeny just three year-olds, Pluck remains on the Vinery roster this spring at a fee of $9,900.

Race 3 - Mostyn Copper Grp Frank Packer
Group 3 - 2000m

Class: Open. Track: Heavy(8). Time: 2:10.50. Sectional Time: 0:39.43 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $150,000 - 1st: $84,750 2nd: $28,500 3rd: $13,500.
 1   Mongolian Wolf T: D K Weir J: B Avdulla

3g   Pluck (USA) x Oomaroo (Tale Of The Cat (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 1.3 Veladero T: C J Waller J: J Bowman
3c   Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Stacked (Belong To Me (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 1.7 Screamarr T: A and E Cummings J: T Angland

3g   Street Cry (IRE) x Lamarr (Quest For Fame (GB) )
Not Offered
 4 5.0 Eerised T: Mitchell Kearney J: Ms K O'Hara
3g   Widden Valley x Fabulash (Tobougg (IRE) )
 5 6.8 Rock And Swing T: James Cummings J: G Schofield
3c   Fastnet Rock x Dance On By (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA) )
 6 7.0 Violate T: Brent Stanley J: D Oliver
3c   Sebring x Shantha's Girl (Redoute's Choice )
 7 10.2 Kunming T: G W Moore J: J R Collett
3g   More Than Ready (USA) x Perfect Truth (IRE) (Galileo (IRE) )
 8 10.6 Acatour T: P and P Snowden J: B Shinn
3c   Sebring x Adonia Queen (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA) )
 9 24.8 Captain Duffy T: Bjorn Baker J: Tim Clark
3c   King Cugat (USA) x Miss Encosta (Encosta De Lago )
 10 48.4 Rokda Kasba T: James Cummings J: K McEvoy
3g   Authorized (IRE) x Maybe Leica Dane (Nothin' Leica Dane )
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