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February 22, 2013
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Walker set to stay ahead

Jimmie, Star Racing Writer

OMAR Walker appears intent on giving the title race a shot this year and should keep his head in front of defending champion Dane Nelson with at least three good rides on this weekend's 10-race card.

Out front on 18 winners, one ahead of Nelson, Walker looks good aboard MINISTEROFJUSTICE, in the second, MONEY HONEY in the fourth and IBELIEVE N MIRACLE in the fifth.

None of the three should start favourite on the knotty-looking racecard, but each are in with great chances of toppling their respective rivals.

MINISTEROFJUSTICE is as tough as nails and must be given every chance to beat a field of runners, all but one being half his ripe old age of eight years.

Never mind MINISTEROFJUSTICE's senior-citizen status, he won two of his last three races among $550,000 claimers and should enjoy himself at 1100 metres.

He has nothing to fear from the four-year-old trio of LASHING FORCE, SUNLIGHT EXPRESS and MY FRIEND LUCY. On January 19, he went gate to wire at 1000 metres straight, beating CANTARE into third.

CANTARE was back two weeks later, beating MY FRIEND LUCY, SUNLIGHT EXPRESS and LASHING FORCE at 1200 metres.

Don't be turned off by MINISTEROFJUSTICE's last run, a 12-length fifth-place finish behind CITY FLIGHT on January 30. Note how he made up six lengths, in splits of 22.2 and 44.4, before the effort took its toll at 1000 metres straight, racing against the out-of-class United States-bred CITY FLIGHT and another American, SIR VON.

driving finish

SIR VON returned to run a cracker against stablemate BLAST THEM AWAY on Ash Wednesday, losing by a half length in a driving finish at 1300 metres.

Everything points to MINISTEROFJUSTICE franking the form and Walker should get the job done aborad the fit oldstager.

MONEY HONEY is another Walker mount that should use fitness to run rivals into the ground. The five-year-old mare ran an encouraging race among $180,000 claimers last Saturday, placing fifth behind five-length winner KING SOLOMON at 1300 metres.

MONEY HONEY prompted the pace upside GREEN BERET in splits of 24.1 and 48.3, not your average $180,000 splits going 1300 metres. Going a mile tomorrow and drawn widest in the 11-horse field, MONEY HONEY can use this speed to devastating effect and steal a march with Walker riding at 52.0 kilos.

IBELIEVE N MIRACLE is back at a distance she should relish in the fifth, 1700 metres, after her decent second behind GOODWILL BOY at 1500 metres on January 12. Trainer Fitznahum Williams sharpened the Miracle Man filly in a six-furlong sprint against RASTARAVEN and RHEA'S A SUPERSTAR on January 30. Note how she raced prominently before falling back off the pace.

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