Trainer Peter Snowden says Pinwheel is in career-best form and can join an elite band of topweight winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.
The six-year-old has won 10 of his 25 starts and will carry 58kg in Saturday’s Group One 1400-metre feature, but the task ahead is historically significant.
Since 1988, Rancho Ruler (57kg, 1988), St Jude (57kg, 1991) and Mannerism (56kg, 1992) were all successful topweights but only Testa Rossa, who carried 58.5kg to win the event for the second time in 2000, has shouldered more than 57kg.
Snowden acknowledges the challenge but is looking forward to it with Pinwheel who is used to carrying big weights.
Nine times he has carried 58kg or more and on three occasions he won and five times was placed.
“He meets good horses bad on weights on Saturday but I think he is in career-best form and the seven furlongs suits him,” Snowden told Radio Sport National.
“The most significant thing with him now is that he is really relaxed and getting back in his races which is quite the opposite to what he used to do.
“He used to struggle to get past 1300 metres but now he is showing a great turn of foot and going right through to the line.”
He said Pinwheel’s last-start fast-finishing fourth when beaten just over a length by Master Of Design in the Sebring Sprint was a reflection of how well the gelding was going.
“He carried 59 kilograms, gave two thirds of the field six kilos, and his sectionals were outstanding,” Snowden said.
“He is a fit horse, doesn’t need a lot of hard trackwork and is in good order.”
Pinwheel also impresses his jockey Kerrin McEvoy who has ridden him at his three runs this campaign, including in the Group Two Warwick Stakes which he won carrying 59kg.
He described his Sebring Sprint effort as “a super run”.
“He got back and had to make a wide run with a big weight,” McEvoy said.
“He’s drawn a nice marble (barrier eight) on Saturday and he’s worth having a crack at this race.
“He’s a form horse, always runs a great race and he’s pulled up well since his last run.”
“I’m looking forward to riding him and it would be great to see him win a Group One.”
Pinwheel ($8.50) is third favourite for the Rupert Clarke behind TAB Sportsbet favourite Smart Missile ($3.60) and the heavily-backed Woorim who is in from $8.50 to $4.60.