Friday 16 November, 2018

Will In Charge looks hard to beat in Prime Minister’s Stakes

Trainer Robert Pearson’s WILL IN CHARGE is the ante-post favourite for Saturday’s 10-furlong Prime Minister’s Stakes at Caymanas Park, facing four rivals including recent winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who reports very light at 110lb with leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas aboard.

WILL IN CHARGE last raced on June 30, Jamaica Derby Day, and was among three favourites beaten by 24-1 outsider HOUDINI’S MAGIC in an eventful Viceroy Trophy at nine furlongs.

Lightweight HOUDINI’S MAGIC got an unmolested lead on a fast track and stole the race after SHE’S A MANEATER stumbled at the start. WILL IN CHARGE, carrying 122lb, tried to chase but was outsped by HOUDINI’S MAGIC with 114lb.

HOUDINI’S MAGIC returns with 119lb for the rematch, still lighter than WILL IN CHARGE at 126lb. However, WILL IN CHARGE will prefer the two turns and milder pace of the Prime Minister Stakes.

Though WILL IN CHARGE has topweight 126lb, giving away 10lb to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, another two-turn specialist, he has been working better than his older rival and should be the controlling speed in a small in a five-horse field.

PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, now eight years old, had to fight hard to beat LIGHTNING LILY in the class below a week and a half ago with topweight. That run might have sapped him somewhat, making it hard to overhaul a more resolute and classier rival such as WILL IN CHARGE with Robert Halledeen aboard.

The Prime Minister’s Stakes is the fifth of 10 races scheduled, set to run off at 2:50 p.m.

First post is noon.

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