Friday, 18 May 2012
: He is yet to taste defeat at Kranji plus tonight Super Easy will also be gunning for the three-year-old Triple Crown and a ten-out-of-ten performance.
| Super Easy|
Photo by Singapore Turf Club
The colt, who rider Joao Moreira has been on in every Singapore start, will jump from the inside barrier in the S$250K G1 Singapore Guineas over a mile on the long course C turf track.
It may be his first look
at the mile but on the way he won the G2 Singapore Classic last start over 1400m it is hard to see him not coping with his usual aplomb.
He may be running in his first G1 race too but has class edge over his same age rivals and it is hard to see a real weakness.
Perhaps his inside barrier could present early trouble but Super Easy
can begin smartly and good luck to anything wanting to take him on and still be standing over the line.
Better Than Ever won the Triple Crown in 2010 and he came out of gate one to win the Guineas, while Gingerbread Man won the Triple Crown in 2011 and came out of gate four.
Interestingly they both led and outclassed their opposition.
Michael Freedman has a potent stable of young and rising stars but Super Easy is the top young gun and could well be campaigned overseas next season such is the regard he is held in.
The son of Darci Brahma seems to be quickening when others are weakening late in the run home and has such a withering burst it often means the result can be all over in an instant.
It is hard to imagine anything but a hattrick of Triple Crown three-year-old winners happening tonight in the seventh race on the card.
Is it just me or does there seem to be an awful lot of unbeaten gallopers and jumpers around the world at the moment at home on big winning runs?
The danger to the glamour colt is the lone filly in the field Better Life
, an untapped girl galloper bordering on grandness.
She is all racehorse and can sustain a long burst plus you know she can run out a mile strongly having been beaten a lip two runs ago by a good sort.
I felt she was trained to peak for tonight after a fresh up fourth behind Super Easy beaten just over two lengths.
The filly drew awkwardly in ten fresh up but here from gate three will give rider Alan Munro, a big race horseman, a tactical advantage this time.
Hideyuki Takaoka is a master at timing a horse to deliver when a G1 is on offer and he will know Better Life can become a very special filly at Kranji. Michael
has been racing superbly against the older horses of late and the way he finished of last start at G2 under WFA in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) into fourth was an eyecatcher.
The three runners that beat him home namely Waikato, New Rose Wood and Flax are all running on Sunday in the S$3 million G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m).
Two runs ago saw Michael carry 58kg and finish a powerful closing second over 2200m in the Mexican Rose Stakes.
Laurie Laxon prepares Michael and is no stranger to the Guineas and what the right type of three-year-old is required, as he prepared Better Than Ever to get the 2010 Triple Crown.
Oscar Chavez will ride and he has been atop twice before with a win and a third the result.
The drop back from racing older horses to just his own age group will be substantial as more will be stopping and struggling ahead when he is warming up.
In a hard run Guineas look for him to be either piercing through or pounding home over the final 200m.
Freedman apart from Super Easy has a value chance in Cash Luck
and the very in form Stephen Baster will ride.
This strongly built gelding will be fresh after a two-race trip to Meydan, where he went okay each time for sixth but was clearly not the same force as back at home.
He is a stout turf closer and dual mile winner plus has won before in a freshened up state.
Too my eye Cash Luck looked in fantastic order with a trials placing behind Captain Obvious and Perfect Pins earlier this month and those two will run on Sunday in the S$1 million G1 Krisflyer International Sprint (1200m).
One more name warrants a mention and that is Shuttle Man
, as this long strider has a big future if he stays injury free.
He needed his resumption run under 56.5kg in a Kranji Stakes C over 1400m on wet ground but I liked the way he kept boxing on despite being scrubbed up a long way out.
The will to win is immense in the Team Burridge and Jumaat Saimee ridden gelding that could launch something special tonight.
This is the equine athlete that beat the gun filly Better Life over a mile on the turf and while narrowly and with 1.5kg less than her, it really matters.
Tonight from gate two Shuttle Man will carry the Northern Hemisphere weight of 53kg and therefore gets 2.5kg from Better Life and then even better, he gets 4kg from every other male.
A perfect ten is hard to score in any sport but Super Easy is on the threshold of doing so this evening and rider Joao Moreira would love to nail a G1.
Better Life is a danger and form analysis tells you therefore Shuttle Man is a chance too plus I respect Cash Luck at overs.
The three names above all have some blue in their colours, which could be a State Of Origin omen but then again Super Easy if you squint hard enough has a hint of Maroon about him!
Enjoy the wonderful G1 race.