War Charm wins again
Nic Ashman - Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Danny Williams-trained War Charm made it four wins from his last five starts when the three-year-old saluted in The Anthony Cocco Handicap (1350m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

War Charm has posted victories at Wagga, Goulburn and Kembla this preparation. The son of General Nediym's only defeat this campaign was at Canberra two starts back.

"He should be unbeaten this preparation. He was unlucky at Canberra, he had a minor setback going into the race and got held up and lost momentum," Williams said.

The trainer said War Charm's ability to take his country and provincial form to the city could be attributed to the galloper's constitution.

"He's got an extraordinary ability to recuperate after his races," he said.

"He just keeps taking the next step."

When asked what the next step would be for War Charm ,Williams was succinct.

"Keep going," he said.

For winning jockey Peter Robl, the victory provided some relief after the hoop went down narrowly aboard Diamond Earth in the $250,000 Inglis Classic just 40 minutes earlier.

Robl was forced to exercise patience after being held up during the early part of the straight. The gap presented itself at the 200 metres and the pair went on to beat Aberrant and Cinderockinrella.

"I was in two minds and just waited for the run. It came eventually came and he sprinted quickly," Robl said.

The Chris Waller-trained Hoylonny appeared to dip on more than one occasion throughout the race but ground home out wide. He could be an improver on firmer going.

Brenton Avdulla aboard race favourite, Angel Of Mercy, was forced to change course on two occasions in the straight and did well to finish on the heels of the placegetters.

The market: War Charm opened at $5.50 but eased to $8. Aberrant drifted from $9 to $15 while Cinderockinrella was specked in betting. After opening at $13 the gelding drifted to $16 before firming into $15 at jump time. Outside the placegetters, Hoylonny blew significantly in betting from $2.80 to $4.40 while Angel Of Mercy was heavily backed firming from $3.50 into $2.90.. The on-course market closed at 113 percent.

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