Exciting Queensland Pup Primed For Peter Mosman

GEOFF Sattler is confident talented bitch Waddling Witch can make her presence felt in the Peter Mosman Opal which gets underway on Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

3 July 2020

GEOFF Sattler believes Waddling Witch is six months away from reaching her peak but that’s not to say he doesn’t think she’s up to winning the Group 1 Peter Mosman Opal which gets underway at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The hugely talented daughter of Dyna Double One was sent to Sattler by young Queensland trainer Jamie Hosking a fortnight ago for a tilt at the group 1 bitches classic, with a slick 29.91 trial last weekend confirming she’s on track for the $75,000 to-the-winner series.

“I thought she might have got to the line a little better than she did but she was up a bit in weight,” offered Sattler.

“It was her first look at the track so you’d think she’d find a bit as well. Box one is a big plus for her and the dog in the checks (Jilliby Zara) likes to get up the track a bit so she should get her chance to lead. And if she runs up to the sections in her trial she should be hard to beat.”

Having her first look at the famed Glebe circuit last Saturday, Waddling Witch carved out 5.41 and 17.96 before stopping the clock in 29.91 overall.

And while happy with the time, Sattler believes it’s a time she can lower.

“She’s run 29.70 at Albion Park so she can really get along,” Sattler offered.

“When she first got here it took her a few days to settle in and she’s a bitch that’s always on the go. I met Jamie halfway and it was the first time she’d been in a car further than from Ipswich to Albion Park so the whole experience will do her good.

“From what I’ve seen of her here she looks like she’s still six months away from reaching her peak. Jamie is going to have a lot of fun with her I think.”

FIELDS AND FORM WENTWORTH PARK SATURDAY NIGHT

On a champagne card of racing, Waddling Witch makes her Wentworth Park debut in heat two of the Ladbrokes Peter Mosman Opal from box one this Saturday night.

And bookmaker Sportsbetting.com.au have assessed it as a race in three, with Waddling Witch the $2.25 favourite ahead of Lilly Banner at $2.85 and the immensely talented Spring Barty at $4.05.

“She’s had the two slips up Redhead this week and is 100 percent going into the race,” Sattler said.

Watching Waddling Witch’s ascension to group racing carries extra significance for Sattler, the Marks Point trainer responsible for the line which produced the exciting prospect.

Sattler bred and trained Waddling Witch’s grand dam Cavendish Flyer, the daughter of El Galo finishing a sensational second to Sheikha in the 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder Final at Wentworth Park.

“Waddling Witch’s dam Paul’s Memory never raced, she broke a leg at break-in but was going exceptional before she did,” Sattler said.

Cavendish Flyer’s progeny have won over 200 races proving hugely successful in the breeding barn.

Included in that offspring is Maitland Cup winner Mottza which has gained a start as second reserve in Friday night’s Group 2 Bendigo Cup Final.