Will in charge to take control
ROBERT Pearson's WILL IN CHARGE appears to have trained on immensely as a four-year-old and looks set to turn the tables on SUPERLUMINAL in tomorrow's Owen Silvera Memorial at a mile, a crack open allowance event with in-form runners such as the speedster SIR BUDGET and versatile run-on sprinter LOTTERY TICKET.
A second-tier three-year-old last season, hovering just below his classic peers, WILL IN CHARGE 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.
On his previous outing, WILL IN CHARGE had no luck, stumbling badly at the gate in the April 26 Simple Magic Trophy at a mile. 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 SUPERLUMINAL won't have their rematch to themselves especially with SIR BUDGET set to call the shot for at least the first six furlongs, plus the added factor of LOTTERY TICKET closing from off the pace.
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.
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, SUPERLUMINAL has topweight 57.0 kilos, eight more pounds than 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, which should see him turning the table on current form.
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.
WILL IN CHARGE has the right combination of mid-race pace and tactical speed to stalk, pounce and last in the stretch run. He continues to improve at exercise, posting 1:12.3 last Sunday morning in a flat six-furlong gallop.