It's Wartime in Race 10
WARTIME reports off a two-month layup in this afternoon's 10th race with good form to recommend against 12 rivals in a restricted allowance for four-year-olds, non-winners of three races.
The War Marshall-Time Crisis filly has been reunited with champion jockey Omar Walker, who was aboard when she beat non-winners-of-two by nearly eight lengths in the 1400 metres Jockeys' Guild Trophy on April 1.
Speedy LUNAR ROCKET, MISTER BONES, and KANALOA are WARTIME's main threats. LUNAR ROCKET is clearly the outstanding speed in the line-up but reports off a five-month-plus layup from a new barn, unraced since February 11.
LUNAR ROCKET won her last race at the distance in December, beating MARVELLOUS MARVA and PERFECT ASSET. She has Oneil Mullings aboard, a crack lightweight rider, especially strong with leaders, the perfect pilot for LUNAR ROCKET if she reports fit enough off the layup.
Her exercise reports suggest she should run well, posting a pair of seven-furlong gallops, followed by a flat two-furlong Wednesday morning since resuming speed workouts this month.
However, WARTIME has raced five times since LUNAR ROCKET's last run and must certainly be more race-fit, despite coming off a layup herself. In fact, it was a well-deserved rest, having raced five times in a little over two months.
WARTIME gets an ideal distance, 1200 metres, to stalk the speed and pounce. A run-on sprinter, she is at her best when allowed to gather momentum as opposed to mixing it up on the lead.
She last raced in May, chasing home DYSFUNCTIONAL at a mile and was just beaten by MONTEGONIAN and GOLDEN GLORY in a driving finish at seven furlongs in her previous race.
Similar to WARTIME, MISTER BONES and KANALOA are run-on sprinters but with the advantage of being a gelding and colt, respectively, going up against fillies.
MR BONES, in particular, has kept better company than most but has not been finding much off the bridle recently, added to the fact that he has been giving away too many lengths at the start of his races. Trainer Gordon Lewis has removed the cheek pieces, hoping the gelding will be more alert on Saturday.
KANALOA stunned a cheap field at odds of 33-1 at 1100 metres in February and has been running fair races since, finishing a length-and-a-half second last time out at 1000 metres straight behind improved DRAGLINE.
However, KANALOA reports six pounds heavier for that effort, heading the scale at 56.0 kilos against the likes of faster WARTIME, who will carry 53.5 with Walker, who relishes slipping the field aboard his mounts.