Gordon looking to double up
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.