As a half-brother to three stakes winners including Lite’n In My Veins, Where’s Wally has plenty to live up to.
But trainer Ted Martinovich is convinced the three-year-old, who lines up at Belmont Park today, has what it takes.
Where’s Wally showed a hint of potential with a slashing debut victory over 1200m at Pinjarra.
He’s named after a series of children’s books in which readers are challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in a big crowd.
But there’s no hiding his outstanding pedigree.
Lite’n In My Veins has won three of his four starts, including a brilliant victory on debut in the Group 3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) at Ascot last summer. Dual Group 3 winner Hi World, Listed winner Loveyamadly and Group 1 placegetter American Crew are also half-relations to Where’s Wally.
Martinovich saw enough in Where’s Wally’s fast-finishing win at Pinjarra to step him up to today’s James Boag’s Premium Plate (1400m). “I’ve got a pretty high opinion of the horse,” Martinovich said.
“He did a few things wrong at Pinjarra and his win was quite impressive.
“I think he wants the 1400 and I’m just hoping he can measure up. Jarrad Noske is quite confident he can run well in a race like this.”
Where’s Wally was bred at Neville Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud.
He is by Oakland Park sire Rogano, who is a brother to champion sire Not A Single Doubt.
“I bred a horse at Oakland Park and unfortunately it had to be put down,” Martinovich said.
“Neville then offered me one-third of Where’s Wally.”
Where’s Wally is the $5 second favourite with the TAB. Kimbo’s Girl is the $2.05 favourite.
Courtesy of West Australian Newspaper