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Blackwolf Run to face debut test at Valley

Two-year-old Blackwolf Run heads to Moonee Valley for his race debut having already had a look around the Melbourne racetrack.

A half-brother to Group Two placegetter So Si Bon, Blackwokf Run was one of three unraced youngsters to gallop at Moonee Valley on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s Whiteman Property Plate (1000m).

Bandipur and No Reward were the other two.

Blackwolf Run worked in company with his elder Mike Moroney-trained stablemate Vandancer while his preparation has also included a win in a jump-out at Flemington this month.

“His jump-out was good,” Moroney’s racing manager Anthony Feroce said.

“That was his second jump-out and then we took him to the Valley on Tuesday to have a look around and he seemed to get around there quite well.

“It’s a big ask. It’s a pretty strong field with Mick Price’s horse (Cao Cao) who ran second in the Maribyrnong Plate and David Hayes’ filly (Tarima), but at this time of year we’re like most trainers who are taking two-year-olds to the races and we’ll see how they go.

“He will be better with experience, and as he matures he’ll make a better three-year-old, but he’s done everything right at this stage and there’s no reason we can find not to take him to the races.”

Blackwolf Run is at $7 with Cao Cao the $3.80 favourite.

The field includes seven horses making their debuts while three have important race experience including the favourite.

Godolphin colt Bandipur is at $6 along with the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Tarima who has raced twice including a last-start fourth in the Maribyrnong Plate.

The race will provide a guide to future plans for Blackwolf Run.

“He’ll more than likely go to the paddock after Saturday, just depending on what he does, and then come back in the autumn and be given his chance to make those races like Blue Diamonds and whatever if he’s good enough,” Feroce said.

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