WILL IN CHARGE to make weight count
ROBERT PEARSON's WILL IN CHARGE has a possible seven-pound swing in the scale on Gary Subratie's AWESOME DESTINY, which he should capitalise on when they square off in tomorrow's 1820-metre United Racehorse Trainers' Association Trophy.
The pair met in the October 22 Royal Dad Trophy, easily won by JAMAI RAJA. United States-bred AWESOME DESTINY finished a neck ahead of WILL IN CHARGE to pass the post second but had twice taken the colt's ground - first at the clubhouse turn and a furlong out, the last of which resulted in her being placed third by the stewards.
WILL IN CHARGE carried 53.0 kilos with Shane Ellis that afternoon whereas Bebeto Harvey-ridden AWESOME DESTINY had 52.0 due to the claiming rider's two-kilo allowance.
AWESOME DESTINY is down to carry 54.0 kilos tomorrow with Harvey expected to slip two. However, that's only if he's able to catch weight after riding at 53.0 kilos on Wednesday.
Should Harvey ride AWESOME DESTINY at 53.0 kilos, against WILL IN CHARGE, who should carry at least 51.0 with Hakeem Pottinger, the scale would certainly favour Pearson's colt. After AWESOME DESTINY had taken his ground along the rail in the Royal Dad, he was charging at her with a heavier weight and only lost second by a neck.
In addition, he had also lost ground when she crossed him at the clubhouse turn, shortly after the start of the 1820-metre event.
Whereas WILL IN CHARGE has not raced since, AWESOME DESTINY returned to the track last Saturday and was quietly fancied at odds of 5-2 but, like everybody else, in the race, was blown away by CHOO CHOO BLUE's super 1:17.1 for 1300 metres.
Still, she should have done better than finishing eighth, well beaten after coming off the home turn. Subratie has removed the three-year-old filly's blinkers, hoping for a positive response from the change of equipment.
AWESOME DESTINY's problem, however, appears not to be equipment related. She has not trained on over the summer since scoring a smashing four-length victory over PRINCESS EMANUEL and MR DOITBETTA at 1400 metres, clocking 1:25.3.
WILL IN CHARGE has been somewhat of a disappointment himself but, in contrast to AWESOME DESTINY, has been more consistent, making the frame in three of four classic races, chasing home PINELOPE and twice losing to JAMAI RAJA.
Kept on the move at exercise by Pearson, he clocked 1:09.3 for a five-and-a-half furlong spin, last Friday morning, suggesting he is in fine fettle and ready to win his third race from 13 starts.