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Kubera Warrior wins on experience

ONE BETTER: Kubera Warrior (Alan Munro) stepping up on his debut to win the Inglis Sydney Juvenile Stakes over 1,000m on the Polytrack in Race 5 at Kranji yesterday. - TNP PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Experience ruled yesterday in the $90,000 Inglis Sydney Juvenile Stakes over 1,000m on the Polytrack, the first leg of the six-race Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series.

KUBERA WARRIOR, one of three Leslie Khoo-trained runners in the eight-horse field of two-year-olds and one of two with a run under the belt, fought with Bail Out for the lead before kicking home to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths from Fine Choice.

Kubera Warrior, who was ridden by Alan Munro, started as the $16 favourite.

Stablemate Lee Man was the other horse with a one-race experience but he finished eighth first-up, compared to a second placing by Kubera Warrior.

Said Khoo: "Quite confident with him on the way he ran the first time."

Munro reckoned that Kubera Warrior's debut over 1,200m, in which he ran good 200m sectionals, was the winning factor.

"Well, he's a young horse and he had all the advantage going in because he had a run," said the Englishman.

"He has run over 1,200m and he ran 12sec the whole way, so back a furlong (200m), had the experience, so all the advantage. Right now, he is the best in the field. He's had a run obviously, but he's very green. He can get better."