Walker plays down weight worry

07 March 2018 08:04:10 EST

Jockey Michael Walker is confident he will be able to get down to 52.5kg so he can ride So Si Bon in Saturday's Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

The Kiwi says he has not ridden at that weight since he was an apprentice, but is willing to go the extra mile in the hope of pulling off an audacious victory on Saturday.

"I haven't done it since I was a kid," Walker said. "About 54 is usually my minimum, but I did get away with 53 in last autumn, but I did it differently."

Walker said he had the benefit of doing the required work at home and was certain he will be his usual strong self at Flemington on Saturday.

"It's better this time because I can do it from home. It will be water, steamed veggies and probably chicken a couple of times," Walker added.

"There will be no red meat because it takes the body too long to digest it. I'll just do it gradually and I'll feel good."

So Si Bon will be making his first start for the Lindsay Park Operation in the Newmarket, having made 20 starts for Cranbourne Trainer Robbie Laing.

The four-year-old has been winless since winning a maiden at his third start but was placed in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and ran fourth in the 2016 Victoria Derby.

Meanwhile, Walker expects So Si Bon to settle off the speed on Saturday. "He gets back and he's a run on sprinter. He'll be all right in the Newmarket," he added.

So Si Bon is 30/1 in the Fixed Win market for Race 6 at Flemington on Saturday, with Rich Charm 13/2 and Redkirk Warrior 6/1.

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