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1,400m for Mexican Gal

Trainer Laurie Laxon is one of the first to pencil in the inaugural $200,000 Group 3 CECF Singapore Classic over 1,400m to be run as one of the two marquee races launched by the China Horse Club at Kranji on Feb 22 after MEXICAN GAL scored an impressive win on Friday night.

The CECF Singapore Classic is the only race open to Singapore-based horses, while the $3.05 million Group 1 CECF Singapore Cup over 1,800m will feature only horses raced by China Horse Club members.

While the daughter of Laxon's former champion filly Mexican Rose may not be in the same league as her mother and has yet to venture over 1,400m, Laxon thought the CECF Singapore Classic, a handicap race for three-year-olds, would fit her like a glove.

"She's still going through her grades, but she is not without ability," said the nine-time Singapore champion trainer.

"I will set her for that 1,400m race during the Chinese New Year. She will get 1,400m all right.

"It sure looks like it's gone the way it was always meant to be tonight - fast pace and she just takes a sit and comes home. She was hanging in as she always does in the home straight, but she was too good for them."

SEARING PACE

Winning jockey Manoel Nunes, who was at his first winning combination with Mexican Gal, said he did pull his whip through to his left hand when the Encosta De Lago filly started to roll in onto Mac Volks, who matched motors with Yin Jie to set a searing pace to the race in the initial stages.

"She was hanging in but, luckily, when I changed the stick to the left hand, she went straight," said the 2014 Singapore champion jockey.

"She's not a very big horse but she's got a big heart and is very tough. She jumped well and put herself there without me having to do much, and she was very relaxed. I was lucky to sit behind the other two and they went really quick. Once I took her to the outside, she attacked the line very well.

"I think she will get over more ground at some stage, probably 1,400m."

Mexican Gal has now recorded three wins and three placings from eight runs for nearly $150,000 in stakes for Jupiter Stable.