Powercharged to tackle the Distance Prelude on Sunday in Devonport

10 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Editor
Powercharged (Ismail Toker) wins the Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup on the Luxbet all-weather today. icon Click to enlarge

Devonport Cup winner Powercharged will be back at the scene of one of his greatest victories when he tackles the Luxbet All Weather Distance Prelude 1650m on the synthetic surface on Sunday. Powercharged has had three runs in from a spell over 1400m at Caulfield, then 1150m and 1350m at Devonport.

“We made a bit of a mistake this campaign, taking him to Melbourne first up, he got all hyped up in the mounting yard and didn’t fire a shot, ” trainer John Blacker explained. “Both his runs back home have been good and with a good ride he’ll be right in the finish”.

At his most recent run, Powercharged rattled home to be right on the heels of the placegetters and should appreciate the extra 300 metres of Sunday’s race. Apprentice Hayley McCarthy will take two kilos off the top weight bringing him in with 57kg, just three kilos above the minimum. “If he goes well on Sunday we have two options, run him in the final in a fortnight or have another try in Melbourne,” Blacker said.

The long range plan for Powercharged is a Devonport Cup defence in early January. His main danger on Sunday will be the in-form Killin Falls which has raced five times this campaign for four wins and an unlucky second. All five runs have been at Devonport with the 5YO showing a liking for the surface. Trainer Glenn Stevenson said he may spell Killin Falls after this run and prepare him for some of the Summer Carnival riches.

The Ganderton team of Mark and Daniel look set to get punters off to a good start with Lord Farquaad in the Luxbet Benchmark 72. The 7YO had no luck at his most recent run and should make amends in Sunday’s opener. The pair will also combine with Meteor Strike which resumes from a spell in the Simons Design Centre Benchmark 68.

Meteor Strike comes off a third placing behind I’m Wesley in a recent trial, I’m Wesley scored a brilliant win last Sunday, franking that form. Meteor Strike meets a handy field which includes track specialist Nielson, the consistent Gee Gees Blondie, Time Commands and Toorak Affair, which is also first up.

Another top ride for Daniel Ganderton is on the unbeaten Duperrey in the Bird Cage Tavern Class 2. A late starter, the 5YO only had its first race start last month and has now won two races from his only two starts.

Nine races are scheduled for Sunday’s meeting with the first timed to go at noon.

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