Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde hopes champion jockey Craig Williams can overcome an awkward barrier and big weight on Floral Fever to give the four-year-old victory in a restricted race at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Williams is in a tight tussle with boom apprentice Beau Mertens as they fight an enthralling contest for the metropolitan jockeys premiership which ends on July 31.
Floral Fever, who has won two of his past four runs including a last-start victory at Swan Hill, has drawn barrier nine and will carry 60 kilograms in the 1200-metre race.
“Floral Fever has been very consistent,” Wilde said.
“He deserves a crack at a metropolitan race on a Saturday but I was a bit concerned about the barrier and the weight.
“I think Craig should have Floral Fever travelling on the pace.
“I don't think there's any reason for me to load Craig up with instructions. He's a world-class jockey.”