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Bellwether to ring in another victory

According to the dictionary, a "bellwether" is one who leads. As in the ram who heads a flock of sheep.

Well, of late, this BELLWETHER has shown that he doesn't like to lead in his races but he, sure as ever, has already had them following him home in three races at Kranji.

That's from just nine outings and, when you toss in his three placings, the young fella has already banked in close to $150,000.

He was a true bellwether when notching up his first two victories. On both occasions, he made every post a winning one and both times he put daylight between himself and the rest of the "flock".

However, since turning four, he seems to have changed tack. He doesn't try to lead in his races - which doesn't make him a true bellwether. But, then again, he's no slouch either and he never lets the leader or leaders get too far ahead of him.

Take his last win on Jan 11. After jumping well, he was snagged back and raced behind the pace set by Honest Truth. He came into it only when the field was about 200m from the finish. That was when he opened up to scoot home by almost a length.

Prepared by Michael Freedman, Bellwether has been fined-tuned for this assignment. His workout on Tuesday was top-drawer stuff and, if he can bring that form to the track, Race 3 could be at his mercy.

- BRIAN MILLER