Super Cop unstoppable
SUPER COP has nothing to gripe about in Wednesday's 1000-metre straight eighth event for non-winners-of-two, his second start in 10 days after finishing fifth behind BIG DATA at 1100 metres two Saturdays ago.
The chestnut gelding seemingly has it made, breaking from post-position 16 with a five-furlong straight track bias towards horses on the stands' side being the worst it has ever been in years.
In addition, trainer Wayne DaCosta has gone the extra mile of recalling two-kilo claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, replacing stable rider Omar Walker, who would not have made 51.5 kilos with a last-reported body weight of 52.0.
Harvey will ride at 52.0, a pound over SUPER COP's allotted 51.5. DaCosta chose the lesser of two evils, one pound more with a top apprentice, as opposed to using the leading jockey, Walker, at 53.0, three pounds over.
DaCosta not only stood down his trusted rider in favour of apprentice Harvey. IAN LINKS, Walker's intended mount, one of three runners the trainer had in the event, was scratched at declaration, clearing the way for stablemate SUPER COP to make the race.
Walker worked SUPER COP on Monday, cantering nine furlongs in preparation for Wednesday's quick sprint, which should see him well clear of his slower rivals on the faster stands' side.
The leading jockey should have much to share with apprentice Harvey on how to use SUPER COP's speed. A bit slowly into stride in a big field with fast horses on September 3, SUPER COP took some time to come around from post-position 12 and was too used-up to challenge BIG DATA in the stretch run after straightening second.
After realising the race was lost, Walker kept SUPER COP going over the last furlong without asking too much of the colt. With enough gas left in the tank for Wednesday's sprint, Harvey need only coast on to the main track before flooring the pedal.
SUPER COP's main rivals - FLYING MACHINE, SWEET DESTINY, BIG BLACK NATION, PISTOL, and BOLD SYMPHONY - are drawn from post-position one through six in what appears to be quick sand these days for horses coming out of the straight.