Wall Of Fire – Herbert Power 2nd

Wall Of Fire – Herbert Power 2nd

Horse name: Wall Of Fire

Age: 4

Sex: Horse

Trainer: Hugo Palmer

Owner: Australian Racing Stables

Country: Great Britain

Attempt?: Yes

Handicap: 53kgs

Formline: Belmont Cup+Geoffrey Freer

Distance Query?: Slight query.

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Notes: In May, trainer Hugo Palmer was talking about trying to get this horse qualified for the Melbourne Cup. Since then Australian Racing Stables have bought into him and that seems to have strengthened the thought that he’ll come down. He was beaten comfortably by Red Cardinal in the Belmont Cup – finished eighth, 6.25L off them. He was a very strong second next-up in the Geoffrey Freer and might’ve beaten Defoe with more luck. Did beat Frontiersman on his merits at the same weights & Defoe did carry less weight. Should now be almost a certainty for the Melbourne Cup and heading down here.

Trainer Hugo Palmer told SkySports: “I was delighted with his run at Newbury. I think he was coming to win his race and he had the door shut firmly in his face, but that was just race riding.

“From experience, Wall Of Fire finishes his races with a rattle and he was definitely checked in running [in the Geoffrey Freer].

“He won’t run again in Britain but he has qualified for the Melbourne Cup now and he is a little bit of a talking horse down there. He will be shipped out on September 28.

“Conceivably, he could run again if he needs to get a penalty to make sure he gets in the race, but he is on 52 kilograms and that’s got in the race in the past.

“He will have a better chance with the lighter the weight he has. The race has been his goal all season.”

He’s now finished with quarantine in Werribee, and came out first-up in the Herbert Power Stakes to chase home the winner well in a track record time. That’s been a great formline through the Caulfield Cup and his quote has tightened accordingly.

Craig Williams has agreed to take the ride in a boost for his hopes.

The only slight risk is they won’t run him again before the Melbourne Cup and he’s not in the field yet. He sits at 29th in the current order of entry, but with three ahead of him definitely not running, he’s likely to be at least 26th and there’s a few question marks on others. He should scrape in.