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January 11, 2013
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Emergence looks safe
Jimmie, Star Racing

Omar Walker ... will ride EMERGENCE.- file

TRAINER Victor Williams has summoned champion jockey Omar Walker to partner down-in-class EMERGENCE in tomorrow's 1100-metre Millard Ziadie Cup for $350-300,000 claimers after his strong finish behind THE GUMMER on a $550,000 tag on December 19.

EMERGENCE has been second in her last two races, competing in higher claiming groups than the bunch of $350,000 claimers she faces tomorrow. Prior to being outmuscled by THE GUMMER, EMERGENCE was beaten by MINISTEROFJUSTICE at 1100 metres on November 24.

Note how Williams has entered EMERGENCE at the lower end of the claiming spread, $300,000, capitalising on the weight pull, while calling in the four-time champion jockey at 53.0 kilos aboard the down-in-class six-year-old mare.

Walker's cool head down the backstretch will be crucial for EMERGENCE to pull off a win in the 11-horse field stacked with early speed.

Up-in-class recent winner CANDACE, LOVETTA JONES, MIRACLE RECOVERY and STEP IT UP are quick runners who are coming to make all in what should be a mad rush on the lead to the half-mile.

Drawn mid-pack, at post-position five, Walker needs not get EMERGENCE involved with cheap speed, but instead stalk the pace with his hands in his lap awaiting the run-on horses, THE GUARDIAN, SOCA PARTY and MAYBE I SAY SO.

With EMERGENCE's speed, Walker can keep the leaders honest without getting involved in the fray, saving enough in the tank to attack off the turn and use the mare's speed to get away from the run-on horses when they start their charge.

SOCA PARTY stormed home at 1200 metres, finishing one and three quarter lengths fourth, behind GHOST RAPPER, MUCHO GUSTO and MACHISMO on New Year's Day. Similar to EMERGENCE, she's down in class and will be a dangerous stretch runner tomorrow.

THE GUARDIAN, though beaten by EMERGENCE when last raced in September, was listed as being lame that afternoon. Being a former top-level claimer, if he reports sound enough, THE GUARDIAN could run roughshod over all and sundry.

However, the eight-year-old gelding is coming off a four-month lay-up against EMERGENCE who has been consistent in four races since slamming him by five lengths.

The jockeys to follow tomorrow are Shane Ellis and the apprentice Renardo McNaughton who have three-timers lined-up on the card.

Ellis looks good aboard GOODWILL BOY in the first, PREMIUM RETURNS in the fourth and MUCHO GUSTO in the ninth.

McNaughton should land the second with MEROVINGIAN QUEEN before booting home back-to-back winners, MY MONEY in the sixth and KING SOLOMON in the seventh.

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