No stopping super-fit Will in Charge today
AN eight-pound weight swing and superb form at exercise gives improved WILL IN CHARGE a great chance to turn the tables on SUPERLUMINAL in this afternoon's Owen Silvera Memorial at a mile, a crack open allowance event with other in-form runners such as the speedster, SIR BUDGET, PINELOPE and versatile
run-on sprinter LOTTERY TICKET.
SUPERLUMINAL has topweight 57.0 kilos, eight more pounds than April 26 Simply Magic Trophy when he had got the better of unlucky WILL IN CHARGE, who returns at an exact 54.0 kilos. The weight swing is a major plus in WILL IN CHARGE's favour, plus he had stumbled badly at the start of the nine-furlong race.
Even though he recovered to dispute the lead and challenged SUPERLUMINAL at the top of the lane, WILL IN CHARGE weakened close home and lost by a half-length.
WILL IN CHARGE and SUPER-LUMINAL won't have their rematch to themselves, especially with SIR BUDGET set to call the shots for at least the first six furlongs, plus the added factor of LOTTERY TICKET closing from off the pace.
COULD COME UP SHORT
Patrick Fong's filly, PINELOPE, is a class act, but had her first race in almost four months two weeks ago and could come up short in a race with expected sharp early speed, very fit stalkers such as SUPERLUMINAL and WILL IN CHARGE, plus the in-form closer, LOTTERY TICKET.
Though LOTTERY TICKET has been closing strongly in her races, even winning impressively at seven furlongs on May 27, she faces a stronger line-up and will find the middle-distance colts too strong in the stretch run.
SIR BUDGET won't stay a mile with near topweight 56.0 kilos, but will certainly carry the field into the lane where the stalkers should pounce.
After beating WILL IN CHARGE on April 26, SUPERLUMINAL went up to open allowance and was outclassed by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR at nine furlongs and 25 yards on Labour Day, May 23. This is his first race back, and he has worked reasonably well.
However, WILL IN CHARGE has the right combination of mid-race pace and tactical speed to stalk, plus a jockey of Shane Ellis' calibre, to pounce and last out the stretch run. He continues to improve at exercise, posting 1:12.3 last Sunday morning in a flat six-furlong gallop.
The chestnut colt appears to have trained on immensely as a four-year-old. He had also worked superbly for his last race on June 10 and delivered a fast 1:38.4 for a mile, dragged in a staggering six-furlong split of 1:10.4 by SIR BUDGET before getting the upper hand inside the final furlong.