Wartime will set the pace


July 21, 2017

WARTIME has the best back form to recommend in Saturday's 10th race, a restricted allowance for four-year-olds, non-winners-of-three races. The War Marshall-Time Crisis filly has only been worse than third once in her last 10 starts, beating non-winners-of-two by nearly eight lengths in the Jockeys' Guild Trophy on April 1.

WARTIME will be partnered by Omar Walker, who has been summoned by trainer Wayne Parchment after getting the job done in the Jockeys' Guild. She faces 12 rivals of whom her main threats should be speedy LUNAR ROCKET, MISTER BONES and KANALOA.

Rested for two months after chasing home DYSFUNCTIONAL at a mile in May, 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.

LUNAR ROCKET is clearly the outstanding speed in the line-up but reports off a five-month-plus lay-up from a new barn, unraced since February 11. She won her last race at the distance in December, beating MARVELLOUS MARVA and PERFECT ASSET.

should run well

Oneil Mullings is a crack lightweight rider, especially aboard leaders, and is the perfect pilot for LUNAR ROCKET if she reports fit enough off the lay-up. 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.

Similar to WARTIME, MISTER BONES and KANALOA are also 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 WARYTIME, who will carry 53.5 with Walker, who relishes slipping the field aboard his mounts.

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