Gordon looking to double up

Racing Desk
17 May 2018

Betting against Will Gordon posting another jumping double aboard the stablemates It’s A Wonder and Justa Charlie at Te Rapa might be a risky business.

The Cambridge-based rider was successful with the Harvey Wilson-trained pair on the track a fortnight ago and they return for sterner tests on Saturday, but improved from their last runs.

Will Gordon and It’s A Wonder will chase top honours again at Te Rapa on Saturday Photo: Trish Dunell

“They are good rides and hopefully we can all do the same again,” Gordon said.

It’s A Wonder will front up in the Porritt Sand Waikato Hurdles (3200m) while Justa Charlie will tackle the Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (3900m).

“There’s improvement in It’s A Wonder and the slight step up in trip will be a help, he should run very well again” Gordon said.

“There looks like there will be a bit of pace in the race and he can be a bit handier. He liked the track the other day and if it gets a bit slower it won’t worry him, he’s a tough horse.”

Justa Charlie owns a perfect record over the bigger fences with his recent Te Rapa success following victory at Te Aroha last preparation.

“He wouldn’t want it too soft, a Dead 6 would be ideal for him,” Gordon said. “It’s a slightly stronger race and only his third start (in a steeplechase), but there’s some improvement in him as well.”

Gordon also has a good chance of starting his day on a top note with the Kevin Myers-trained Napoleon in the Garrard’s Horse and Hound Hurdles (2800m).

They finished runner-up last time out at Wanganui in the Shinko King gelding’s jumping debut.

“I liked him the first time I sat on him, it was a bit of a muddling run race and didn’t suit him, but he ran home really well,” Gordon said.

“He’ll learn a lot and running second to Wise Men Say isn’t the worst form.” – NZ Racing Desk.

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