'Will' now fully 'In Charge

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Will In Charge, the Robert Pearson-trained four-yearold chestnut colt, by Adore The Gold – Gem Lea continued to show vast improvement as well as strong fighting qualities to get the better of champion stayer Bigdaddykool 57.0kg (126 lb) by a neck, to win the Governor General Stakes yesterday at Caymanas Park.

Will In Charge, who had defeated Bigdaddykool by a similar margin in the Prime Minister's Stakes last month over the same distance, stopped the clock in a career best 2:05.1.

Ridden by apprentice Dane Dawkins, Will In Charge was held in third place behind the early pace set by Houdini's Magic (Wesley Henry) and Awesome Destiny (Harriston Lewis) with Bigdaddykool (Dick Cardenas) well relaxed in fourth going around the club house turn.

Will In Charge then maintained a steady gallop until approaching the half-mile (800m) when Dawkins sent through the far-striding colt to challenge for the lead.

In a flash, Bigdaddykool went down into a strong position on the outside.

A battle for supremacy then developed in deep stretch as Bigdaddykool drew alongside Will In Charge a furlong out, but Dawkins kept his mount well balanced and Will In Charge found extra to get home for his fourth consecutive win for the season.

Third was Brawn. Another Vigorous, trained by Rowan Mathie, won the maiden special weight juvenile event, the Front Runner Trophy,over 1,100m in a very impressive 1:05.4.

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