Horse Racing

Will In Charge tipped for GG Stakes feature

Observer writer

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Will In Charge , who failed to deliver the goods during his Classic season last year, is now making a name for himself at age four, having recorded four wins and two second-place finishes from six starts.

He is once again given the chance to prove that his form is no fluke in the Governor General Stakes feature amongst Graded Stakes company at Caymanas Park today.

Fellow four-year-old Superstakes winner Bigdaddykool, the versatile imported five-year-old bay gelding Brawn and to a lesser extent, the seven-year-old bay gelding Royal Vibes are among his most potent danger.

The Governor General Stakes Graded Stakes call going 10 furlongs (2,000m) for a purse of $1.3 million has attracted a small but compact and potent field of six runners where the Anthony Nunes-conditioned Bigdaddykool starts as the morning line favourite to turn the tables on Will In Charge.

The Governor General Stakes feature being the lone stamina testing adventure on the 10-race card is scheduled to go to post at approximately 5:05 pm with the first post at 12:35 pm.

Also carded is the Front Runners Sprint, a maiden special weight for native-bred two-year-old going five-and-ahlf furlongs (1,100m) for a purse of $1.1 million. A field of seven will run with Greek Goddess, Commander Two and Another Vigorous being the main contenders.

As a three-year-old, Will In Charge showed good ability, but it never really materialised into anything substantial. However, as a four-year-old he is proving to be a handful for his erstwhile conquerors, especially being nicely bred on one side for good speed and on the bottom side for staying. He, therefore, could bring fitness into play and once again deliver the coup de grace.

This season Will In Charge has accounted for Bigdaddykool to win the Prime Minister's Stakes on August 7, albeit by a neck. This was to register his third consecutive win of the season. Back now following a 47-day respite, the nimble-footed chestnut from his exercise reports looks gilt- edge sharp for the challenge.

Dane Dawkins, who gave the colt an enterprising front- running ride to stave off Bigdadykool at the wire, will remain in the saddle and should Will In Charge hang as tough as he did in the Prime Minister's Stake, then with the weight still in the favour, the result could remain unchanged.

This could be a differently run event with Bigdaddykool's stable companion Houdini's Magic in the race. The five-year-old dark bay horse has acquired a new front-running approach to his racing and Nunes could assign some of the front-running dirty work to him.

Probably not the most resolute of runners going this far, but Houdini's Magic early foray could go a long way in weakening the resolve of Will In Charge to enable Bigdaddykool to mount a successful challenge on the field for the second half of the journey.

What is quite certain is that the final part of the race will be electrically charged and steamy. Serious late challenges are expected from Brawn taking into consideration the light impost of 51.0kg with Aaron Chatrie astride, Royal Vibes with O'neill Mullings up and probably Awesome Destiny, stablemate of Brawn.

It should not surprise were Brawn to take up the challenge to go to the front and remaining there until the wire arrives with the light weight. The imported five-year-old is also a winner on the five furlong (1,000m) before in a decent time at that and has recently demonstrated he could be just as effective from in front.




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