Wong Don's the one
WONG DON is back and better off at the handicaps for tomorrow's O&S Tack Room feature, a disqualified winner at 54.0 kilos, returning at 51.0, with eight of his 10 rivals behind him in his last two races.
A winner with no penalty, at an ideal distance, 1300 metres, should make WONG DON a sound favourite against old rivals, who he would have left in non-winners-of-four were it not for him bumping into AKASH when coming off the home turn on July 29.
Shane Ellis was aboard that afternoon, watching the speed upfront before moving WONG DON two-and-a-half furlongs out, hoping to split rivals at the top of the lane. However, the colt's sudden acceleration off the turn took him across AKASH, who almost went over the rail.
WONG DON went on to outbattle BALAZO for the second consecutive race, allowing his rival four pounds, to win by a neck. However, it was a no-brainer that his number had to be taken down. SECRET TRAVELER, TWILIGHT DREAMS and DANBURY were among the horses in that event.
Returning at 51.0 kilos, seven pounds lighter than BALAZO, due to apprentice Anthony Thomas' three-kilo claim, swings the scale 11lb in WONG DON's favour. When the pair had met previously, July 8, WONG DON had enjoyed a six-pound advantage and won by almost three lengths.
The race again has strong pace upfront, which should be to WONG DON's liking, even more so with his light impost. Thomas has been winning his fair share of races and should have no problems taking what should be an easy catch.