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Testing journey does not dim Gold Star

A wide trip did little to stop favourite Gold Star from coming out tops in the $75,000 Restricted Maiden race over 1200m on Friday night.

Testing journey does not dim Gold Star

A wide trip did little to stop favourite Gold Star from coming out tops in the $75,000 Restricted Maiden race over 1200m on Friday night.

Gold Star winning the RESTRICTED MAIDEN
Gold Star winning the RESTRICTED MAIDEN Picture:Singapore Turf Club

A flying third at his debut in a Restricted Maiden race over 1000m on December 2, the three-year-old by Redente (x Redoute’s Choice) looked to have his work cut out when he coursed out three deep for most of the way.


But when jockey Michael Rodd set him alight at the 400m, there were no prizes for guessing where the thicker end of the prizemoney was going.

Plotting the wide path right through into the straight, he unleashed a powerful turn of foot to collar Diamond King (Lim Aun Kean) at the 250m before pulling away towards an easy 1 ½-length win. Runminderbinderrun (Ben Thompson) ran on late to snatch second place from Diamond King.

Gold Star Horseform ($11) clocked 1min 10.94secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

Rodd said that the Gold Stable-owned Australian-bred looked a forlorn hope after such a torrid journey, but his class saw him through.

“He did not have the best of runs. He was wide, but he also missed the early scrimmage,” said the Australian jockey.

“On the A course, where he was three deep the whole way, he would normally be in trouble, but he’s a fit horse and he’s got class.

“I gave him a terrible ride at his first start. He was too far back, but it was also a 1000m race.

“I also have to say the grass track is in the best state I’ve ever ridden on since I’ve been here. Usually, it can be patchy, but it was very even and fair.”

Brown said he was expecting a good run from Gold Star following his promising debut.

“He was caught wide from the poor gate, but he did a good job to win,” he said.

“He’s probably a seven-furlong horse but we’ll take it quietly with him and see where it ends up.”
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