Count on Timeforarms
ROCK-SOLID oldstager, TIMEFORARMS, appears the horse to beat, at the weights and distance, in Saturday's 10-furlong Kenneth Mattis Memorial, an overnight allowance pitting seven to eight-year-old runners with back class against younger rivals groping for form.
SUPERLUMINAL, at five years old, leads the young brigade, along with four-year-old IAN LINKS. However, the older horses, including eight-year-old former Horse of the Year, TYPEWRITER; HOVER CRAFT, a seven-year-old, and the other eight-year-olds, PHINEAS and TIMEFORARMS, have outshone the youngsters either on the exercise track or head-to-head.
TIMEFORARMS, in particular, has the handicaps and form in his favour against SUPERLUMINAL, who finished last on his most recent outing, 14 lengths behind HOUDINI'S MAGIC and IAN LINKS a month ago at 1500 metres.
The other younger horse in the event with any semblance of form is IAN LINKS. However, he's not light enough at 52.0 kilos to make up for the class that he lacks in a race, which has the likes of his stablemate HOVER CRAFT, PHINEAS and TIMEFORARMS - all hard-knocking oldstagers with back class.
TIMEFORARMS, in particular, caught the eye when finishing third behind 14-1 upsetter ROYAL VIBES and UNCLE TAF at a mile on August 12, a race in which he had HOVER CRAFT and PHINEAS behind in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Returning at 52.0 kilos, lighter than both HOVER CRAFT and PHINEAS, TIMEFORARMS could be the horse to beat coming from off the pace. Red-hot two-kilo claimer, Anthony Thomas, who has won 10 races in three racedays, has the leg up. Thomas has been timing his finishes with almost perfection and can pull off a win at 10 furlongs with TIMEFORARMS.
Not exactly a two-turn horse, TIMEFORARMS has performed creditably at 1820 metres to have as good a chance as any. Sitting level with SUPERLUMINAL on May 23, he was only three-quarter lengths behind his younger rival in the Mark My Word Trophy won by grade-one runner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR.
Earlier this year, again at 1820 metres, he was a length and-a-half behind third-place HOVER CRAFT in the Bonnie Bklue Flag Trophy narrowly won by FRANFIELD over BLUE DIXIE.
HOVER CRAFT has trained well, 1:13.4 for six furlongs, last Saturday morning, whereas PHINEAS, though one of the most consistent in the 10-horse field, is suspect at two turns.