Will In Charge at a canter for Lady Geeta Trophy
WILL IN CHARGE, Horse of the Year, Gold Cup and Diamond Mile winner, who lost only two races last season, including a head-bob, caught on the line in the Superstakes, has literally been handed the Lady Geeta Trophy on a platter, getting weight from SHE'S A MANEATER, despite beating her twice when carrying 119lb.
Allotted 124lb in the six-furlong Lady Geeta, the six-year-old horse, who annihilated SHE'S A MANEATER by almost four lengths in last October's seven-furlong Gold Cup, when she was four years old, and fought her like hell when giving up five pounds on a sex allowance in the Superstakes, is now two lbs lighter after making rivals look ordinary in December's Diamond Mile.
SHE'S A MANEATER's unfortunate absence from the Diamond Mile cannot be held against her. The fact of the matter is that WILL IN CHARGE was being eased down by his rider from nearly a quarter-furlong out, carrying 126lb, yet still clocked 1:37.0, unassisted as he galloped past the winning post, his rider oblivious to a charging BIGDADDYKOOL along the rail.
If SHE'S A MANEATER is considered to be so good, it would be very interesting to see the Horse of the Year votes cast by the members of the handicapping team, who, by virtue of adjusting both horses' ratings, still has WILL IN CHARGE as inferior to the five-year-old mare.
The argument about distance, regarding whether WILL IN CHARGE has ever won a sprint race, is a non-starter because, in the first place, distance is never a factor in adjusting horses' ratings in a true handicapping system. Adjusting horses' ratings is a performance-based exercise linked to points, which equate to weight, which, when published, allow the handlers of horses to know, in advance, the weights their charges are likely to carry in a particular class, despite distance.
In a true rating and handicapping system, it is the handlers of horses whose business it is, in their wisdom, or lack thereof, whether they want their top-rated sprinter to run in a 10-furlong race, allowing stayers weight, or, vice-versa, a top-rated stayer running in a sprint race, allowing speedsters weight.
If this weren't the case, all one has to do is run down a sprinters' rating in a succession of distance races, by finishing off the board, to come in lighter in a future sprint event.
In other words, ratings for Grade I horses, the only level at which Caymanas Park's racing office conducts its so-called handicapping, should be adjusted and published publicly after every race, showing handlers of horses in that group the new weight adjustments for their charges, not to be tinkered with because of a change in distance when the next event comes up.
WILL IN CHARGE, speedier than SHE'S A MANEATER, should have the Lady Geeta at his mercy. He is lighter than her and will get to CHACE THE GREAT before she does. In addition, she is drawn at post-position one. Every sprint race she has won as a grade one horse, she has had the help of a stablemate as rabbit.