Chadwick can bounce back in style

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 June, 2012, 12:00am


Matthew Chadwick has had a lean trot of late but can bounce back and clinch the Jockey Challenge today at decent odds.

The former star apprentice won three Jockey Challenges in May, but has just one placing from 18 rides at the last three meetings.

A strong book of nine rides - all but two of them at single-figure odds - should be enough for Chadwick to prevail, with the 21-year-old a $5 favourite last night.

The middle part of the programme is where Chadwick should score the majority of his points, starting with last-start winner Felarof in a Class Four on the all-weather track.

The Tony Cruz-trained galloper notched a soft win over this course and distance two starts back and from a decent draw (seven) should win again.

Forget Blaze King's last-start effort. He always finds the 1,200m too testing - but back up the straight where he has notched all six of his wins from 18 starts, he will be hard to beat. Rival and likely favourite Bear Hero has drawn out in the centre of the track in three, while Chadwick has the advantage on Blaze King of jumping near the outside rail from 13.

Sunshine Day will start favourite in a tough 1,800m staying race after winning two straight and, although there are a host of winning chances, Chadwick is on the safest bet in the race. Po Ching King is coming off a career-best fourth and could be suited by a drop back to the 1,000m straight course.

Rounding out Chadwick's day are Good Job, Perfect Fit, Ekraar Emperor, Open Sesame and Regency Luck.