RICHARD Jolly is worried by a wide gate for Dexelation in today’s $175,000 Listed Wangoom (1200m) and Warrnambool.
Despite coming off an eye-catching effort behind his star sprinting stablemate Kemalpasa in the Group 3 Irwin Stakes, the lack of horses making ground on the opening day of the famous three-day carnival worries the leading Adelaide horseman.
“To be honest, I thought the heavy track and wide gate was going to be perfect, but they weren’t making ground out wide yesterday which concerns me,” Jolly said.
“He’s ready to run a race. He’s well weighted with 54kg, dropping back to a handicap but they just didn’t seem to be making a lot of ground out wide.
“There is another seven races to be run before his race today, so that could change.
“Hopefully he can get some cover from the gate and get some luck in running.”
Dexelation will again be ridden by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jye McNeil and Jolly said the horse handled the trip to Victoria.
“He travelled over well,” Jolly said.
“He was very good the other day and I am sure he’ll run well again.”
Jolly and daughter Chantelle will saddle up four runners at Murray Bridge today, while progressive staying three-year-old Montepulciano drew the inside gate in Saturday’s $502,250 Group 1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville.