Horse Racing

The shoes are coming off

Will In Charge in good shape after Diamond Mile win, rest on the agenda as Horse of the Year title looms

Observer staff reporter

Friday, December 07, 2018

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Trainer Robert Pearson is informing that his brilliant chestnut horse Will In Charge is in fine fettle after his historic win in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission and Supreme Ventures Limited - sponsored Diamond Mile on Saturday last.

The Supreme Racing Guide visited the stables of Pearson on Monday last, two days after the Diamond Mile and it was crystal clear that the Adore The Gold Gem Lea offspring was in good shape despite a long and hectic 2018 racing season.

It was another normal day at the office for Will In Charge as he stood tall after writing another chapter in the developing history of the Diamond Mile.

“He ( Will In Charge) came out of the Diamond Mile very good. He is in good shape but we are still going to give him that layup time. Will In Charge is going to get like a month without his shoes on and then after, we will get him to start walking, then cantering comes next but he is on a break now.

“Everything is great with him right. I mean, he is eating great, he's healthy and he's happy,” Pearson said.

Pearson said that winning the Diamond Mile is a great achievement for him and one that he is going to treasure for the rest of his life.

“It was a fabulous feeling winning the Diamond Mile. It was also a mixed feeling as well because, we won it yes, but the jockey was idling a lot towards the end but overall, we still won the Diamond Mile as we were lucky to have kept our nose in front and I am very happy for the win.

“It means everything. It is the biggest race I have won in my career. It is a race all trainers want to win. With me winning it in its fourth year is a great achievement,” Pearson said.

For the past year, Will In Charge has been a shining example of class and consistency. He opened his 2018 racing season with a one length win over She's A Maneater in the Legal Light Trophy over 9 furlongs and 25 yards on April 21.

He then went on to win the 7 1/2 furlongs (1,500m) Chairman's Trophy on June 9, beating Seeking My Dream and Bigdaddykool by 1 1/2 lengths.

Will In Charge then finished in fourth position in The Viceroy Trophy over nine furlongs (1,800m) on June 30 before scoring two consecutive wins.

He first won the 10-furlong (2,000m) Prime Minister Stakes on August 25, followed by the Gold Cup over seven furlongs (1,400m) on October 13.

Will In Charge was then beaten by a short-head in the Superstakes over 10 furlongs by She's A Maneater.

His 2018 season statistics read five wins and one second-place finish from seven starts with earnings of over $11.3 million. His career stats read 13 wins, 10 second-place finishes and three thirds from 32 starts with lifetime earnings of over $19.2 million.

Will In Charge's season has been great. It is five wins from seven starts with a short-head defeat in the Superstakes and I think it should be good enough for the Horse of the Year title,” Pearson ended.

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