Who Else But You should finally get all the right ingredients to get back into the winner’s circle on Wednesday night in the Wayfoong Centenary Bowl, 1,200m, at Happy Valley.
The Paul O’Sullivan-trained five-year-old won twice last season and looked to have the makings of handy horse but too often he didn’t quite get things to suit himself and his regular pilot, Joao Moreira, who stays on for this assignment.
Moreira was always of the opinion that Who Else But You was better when he could get some cover in his races, but a few tricky barrier draws and muddling-run races ensured that he didn’t get the cover he wanted or was stuck in behind a poor speed when he did.
Neither of those factors helped him progress and Who Else But You was exposed again first-up from gate 11 when he went down narrowly to Victory Marvel over this course and distance on October 19.
But Wednesday night’s feature looks Goldilocks material for Who Else But You – just right.
There is good speed in the race and three of the four main speedsters have drawn wide – E-Super, Extremely Fun and Timely Arrived – and there is I’m A Witness drawn closer to the inside to keep them honest if they want to get across.
So the race maps for Moreira to be able to drop Whose Else But You straight in behind them with the trail that he wants and a decent continuous speed so the gelding keeps his rhythm, and all of that makes him the one to beat but it’s no pushover.
Navas (Chad Schofield) made sharp improvement second-up as Richard Gibson’s horses often do, and won with some authority over the course last start.
A winner of his only run in Australia, Navas is getting together a nice record, still has upside and he looks to position outside Who Else But You, also in a nice striking position.
The chances don’t stop there with Speedy Achiever (Kei Chiong Ka-kei) a threat with his light weight from a better draw too.