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Goodman's the icing on Laxon's cake

TROPHY WINNER: Jockey Corey Brown steering Goodman to victory in the Chairman's Trophy yesterday.

Trainer Laurie Laxon had a bumper day at Kranji with four winners. He also collected the plum of the evening, the $300,000 Chairman's Trophy race which was won by GOODMAN.

Ridden by regular partner Corey Brown, the New Zealand-bred gelding claimed his third win on the trot as he posted a wire-to-wire victory beating WILD GEESE (A'Isisuhairi Kasim) by a half-length. STEPITUP, ridden by David Flores, had to settle for third.

With his boss away in France for a two-week holiday, it was left to assistant-trainer Shane Ellis to steer the ship and he paid tribute to his team. "A great day for the stable," said Ellis.

YOUNGEST RUNNER

He also had special praise for Goodman, the Alamosa three-year-old who was the youngest runner in the 11-horse field.

"We expected Cash Luck to lead and I told Corey to settle him just behind the leader and sit around a half-length off the front. We know he's got a good kick at the end so we could be patient," he said.

That proved to be the only miscalculation of the day though as the talented bay galloper had other ideas and swept to the front early and thereafter controlled proceedings.

Looking back, jockey Brown said: "We got some cheap sectionals and I was surprised to be in the lead. Goodman's a better horse when chasing from the back but he was really relaxed. He can go further and will continue to improve.

"He's been a very good horse for me and I bit my tongue when James McDonald got the ride at his last start because I knew it was just a one-off and I would get back onto him," added the Australian rider, who has never finished outside the top-three in his seven previous starts piloting Goodman and has now saluted five times aboard the gelding.

The victory has only added gloss to Goodman's imposing resume that now reads six wins and four placings from 11 starts.