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Exciting prospect toys with opposition on debut

29 September, 2021

Remember this name – Able Willie.

The son of Written Tycoon made a superb start to his racing career when making his opponents look like second-raters in the Admire Mars at Arrowfield 3YO Maiden Handicap (1250m) on Randwick’s Kensington track on Wednesday.

Charlie Duckworth, representing Able Willie’s trainer Chris Waller, admitted pre-race the three-year-old is a work in progress and that was on show for the first two-thirds of the race with the gelding in a hurry to get things done.

Able Willie was racing aggressively until the speed came out of the race in the middle stages but luckily his stablemate Gracilistyla moved up three wide and put some speed into the race, allowing Able Willie to tag the filly into the race.

Able Willie ($2.70 fav) cruised to the front in the straight to win eased down by 2-1/4 lengths from his stablemates Arronmore ($7) with another half-length back to Lady Piaf ($6).

“He’s still very raw, still doing a few things wrong but he’s learning all the time,” winning jockey Nash Rawiller told Sky Racing.

“You could see how well he was travelling passing the 300. I had a lap full of horse.

“He’s the sort of horse if he had something to chase down he’d have been more impressive again.”

Duckworth said the stable won’t be in a hurry to test Able Willie in Stakes grade during the remainder of the Spring Carnival suggesting a “second tier type of race” could be a possibility.

Races like the Bondi Stakes at Randwick on October 23 and the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington seven days later are possible options.

“We’ll let the master do his magic and we’ll come back with a plan,” Duckworth said. “I don’t think we’ll be in too much of a rush based on his mental maturity, we’ll just take things nice and steady.

“There’s still plenty of improvement to come in terms of his mental maturity and measuring up but he can go through the grades now and learn his craft at a lower level than his ability.

“By the time he gets to the higher end of the racing ranks he’s going to have learnt his craft.

“He was in a hand canter at the 250 and it was just a matter of how far.”

– Clinton Payne,