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Angry Cat makes Harry a happy hoop

Leading apprentice A'Isisuhairi "Harry" Kasim (above) notched a personal landmark yesterday when he rode his 100th Kranji winner atop ANGRY CAT.

Travelling well off the blistering pace set by early frontrunner Lady Roulette, the Australian-bred gelding turned on the afterburners at the top of the straight to motor past the leading pack to win the $60,000 Class 4 race over 1,000m in 59.95sec.

It has been a frustrating time for the Malaysian rookie, who claimed last year's apprentice title with a record-breaking 73 winners, but was coming up short in his bid to crack the century of wins in Singapore.

After landing his 99th winner on Aug 31, it seemed only a matter of time before the New Zealand-trained hoop would reach his milestone moment. But the wait, with six seconds and a third this month alone, had started to play on A'Isisuhairi's mind.

"It's been a while to get my 100th, especially with quite a few placings, and I was really wondering when it was going to happen," he said. "I knew one day it would come and I'm just so pleased that I've finally managed to get that winner."

While he was booting home winners last year at a spectacular rate, helped by his 3kg claim, as he smashed Benny Woodworth's 1995 record of 56 wins, the trips to the winner's circle this year have been fewer after his claim was reduced to just 1kg.

"Last year with the big claim I had a lot of support from a lot of trainers and owners. But this year the quality of my rides has not been as good as before but it only makes me work harder," said A'Isisuhairi.