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Six furlongs is not really Lim’s Cruiser’s cup of tea, but punters still liked the resuming miler’s chances for a first-up win in the $200,000 Group 3 Rocket Man Sprint (1200m) – and they proved to be right on the money.
The Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan got off to an inauspicious note for Singapore after its first runner Quechua finished out of the placings in the US$1 million Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) on Saturday.
If it were for him, trainer Cliff Brown is quite adamant he would not have travelled Debt Collector to Dubai in the wake of his last run when the trip suddenly hung in the balance – but he said two persons made him change his mind.
After knocking in four wins on the bounce last year, Distinctive Darci has not greeted the judge yet in three runs this prep, but trainer Mark Walker is hoping he can find his way back to the winner’s enclosure this Sunday in the one that matters.
With jockey Vlad Duric unable to ride light, it is fellow Australian jockey Danny Beasley who will stand in for his colleague aboard EW Barker Trophy winner Lim’s Cruiser at his comeback race in the $200,000 Group 3 Rocket Man Sprint (1200m) on Sunday.
Singapore raiders Debt Collector and Quechua landed safely in Dubai on Saturday afternoon, and while they have yet to come out of quarantine, they have pleased connections with the way they have settled in.
South African jockey Derreck David wanted to ride at least one winner as a nice send-off present for his parents before they fly back home next Thursday – and his wish was granted with a win from Queen’s Seven in the Lucky Last on Friday night.
Lim’s Ripple looks to be another smart sort in the making for the Lim’s Stable after he scored second-up in the $75,000 Restricted Maiden race over 1400m on Friday night, but trainer Steven Burridge still believes he needs more time to come right.
The longer an unbeaten run keeps going, the more paranoid one tends to get about the next run seeing it come a cropper – but trainer Shane ‘Stretch’ Baertschiger has a different spin for Wonderful’s hot streak.
Race 7 on Friday night sent shockwaves at Kranji when $692 rank-outsider Pioneer Seven went all the way to show his 11 better-fancied rivals a clean set of heels in the $80,000 Class 3 speed dash over 1000m.
Trainer Steven Burridge is pouring a bit of cold water on the buzz around Autumn Rush in the wake of his last-start romp, but hopes a short break will keep him on the fresh side for another bold showing this Sunday.
It’s a fact that apprentice jockeys have been in short supply at Kranji since a large chunk left for other shores to hone their craft, but the temporary setback is only a small kink when stacked up against the greater good of boasting better homegrown jockeys in Singapore one day – and such benefits are already being reaped.
Kranji-based hoop Glen Boss is looking forward to his ride aboard Tom Melbourne in the A$1.5 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington this Saturday, though it may be his booking in the earlier race, the A$1.25 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) that is giving him a slightly bigger buzz.
Champion trainer Alwin Tan’s love story with the Merlion Trophy is giving no signs of letting up after he captured the sprint feature for the fourth time with Infantry on Sunday, even saddling the quinella for good measure with even-money favourite Nova Swiss a close second.
With an overseas racing history that reads a 2100m winner in Ireland, two starts in Group 2 and Group 3 races over 2400m and 2700m before being shipped over to Singapore, The Capital would not have been a popular pick if lined up in a 1200m Polytrack race first-up at Kranji.
Trainer Ricardo Le Grange was a bit stumped by Cadet’s last start when he returned with breathing issues, but after backing off the Captain Sonador three-year-old, the patience he showed was rewarded manifold two months later.
Due to the low weights Lincoln Road had been getting of late, heavyweight jockey John Powell had to pass up the ride, but the once-lethal pairing will reunite as the Polytrack specialist runs in the $350,000 Group 2 Merlion Trophy (1200m) this Sunday.
French jockey Olivier Placais admits to feeling a little bit of pressure as he takes over the reins of the undefeated Nova Swiss at his sixth start, which will incidentally be his first Group assignment on Sunday.
Trainer Hideyuki Takaoka knew all along Friday’s Open Stakes race over 1600m was the target race of Kranji’s colossus himself, Debt Collector, but still kept his rising star Jupiter Gold on course for the head-on collision.