Much-improved WAIPA clocks in for Sunday
WAIPA has improved a ton and will take some beating in Sunday's 1,200m sprint.
Named after a district in the Waikato region in New Zealand, Waipa the horse created more than favourable impression when he finished second in his trial at Kranji yesterday morning.
The horse that beat him was Bourbon Captain who had made a run for it as soon as the straight was reached.
It was only at the 150m mark that Waipa, who was ridden by Manoel Nunes, came out of a chasing to go after the leader. But such was Bourbon Captain's lead that he was never going to be run down.
Still it was a admirable show by Waipa who cashed in a cheque for finishing third on debut.
The race that December day last year was also a Restricted Maiden affair, similar to the one he is entered for on Sunday.
Third all the way and never really threatening the front two, Waipa - who is a three-year-old by Pins - looked much improved at the trials and, come Sunday, should give you a big run for your money.
TRIAL 1 (ORT):
1 Sand Bank (C Newitt)
2 Rio De Janeiro (M Nunes)
3 Numero Uno (R Woodworth)
4 Battle Horse (M Kellady)
5 Court Achiever (C Brown)
Margins and time: ¾, 3, ¾, ½ (1min 01.52sec).
Sand Bank, the mount of Craig Newitt, made it from go to whoa. Jumping cleanly, Sand Bank showed them the way to the first turn. Rio De Janeiro was second with Court Achiever - who jumped well - holding third.
Sand Bank increased his lead to two lengths when they cleared the 600m. Rio De Janeiro and Court Achiever stayed put. It was Sand Bank who continued to dictate things and although Rio De Janeiro made a late bid, Sand Bank was home and hosed.
TRIAL 2 (ORT):
1 Ninetysevenemperor (Newitt)
2 Dragon Infinity (M Kellady)
3 Rainbow Warrior (S John)
4 Shuying Xiaoxiao (S Sam)
5 Lim's Perfect (K A'Isisuhairi)
Margins and time: 5¼, nk, 3¼, 1½ (1:03.13).
Lim's Perfect jumped best but was soon overtaken by Ninetysevenemperor who led them to the 600m. Rainbow Warrior was third with Dragon Infinity in fourth spot.
Ninetysevenemperor had a four-length break when they angled out for that run home and he kept up a brisk gallop to easily beat the fast-finishing Dragon Infinity who dropped Rainbow Warrior into third spot.
TRIAL 3 (TEST):
1 Reach For The Sun (Nunes)
2 Duty Free (I Saifudin)
3 Clutha Lad (CK Ng)
4 Muscle Beach (Brown)
5 Lonhmin (M Rodd)
Margins and time: ¾, hd, ½, 4¼ (1:01.01).
Duty Free was slow to move and settled back at the rear. Reach For The Sun was swiftly into stride and led from Muscle Beach, Lonhmin and Clutha Lad when they made that first turn.
Lonhmin was in a hurry and he was first to clear the 600m. Reach For The Sun, ridden by Manoel Nunes, allowed him the luxury of leading and when they straightened, it was Lonhmin in front. However, he was soon sapped and, with 200m to go, Reach For The Sun reclaimed the lead. He stayed there to beat the fast finishing Duty Free. Clutha Lad was a close third.
TRIAL 4 (PRACTICE):
1 Super Winner (KB Soo)
2 A La Victory (Newitt)
3 Alexandra Palace (N Juglall)
4 Mia (Nunes)
5 Sergeant Pepper (MM Firdaus)
6 Trudeau (Rodd)
7 Bordeaux (Brown)
8 Spun Gold (A Syahir)
Margins and time: Hd, 2, ½, 1½, 1¾, 3¼, shd (1:00.80).
Sergeant Pepper was first to break and led early from Super Winner, A La Victory, Mia and Spun Gold. Alexandra Palace was a smack-up sixth. A La Victory soon took over the role of pacemaker and led them when they cleared the 600m. Sergeant Pepper stayed second, just ahead of Super Winner, Alexandra Palace, Mia and Spun Gold.
With 300m to travel, A La Victory was a length in front but Super Winner, ridden by KB Soo, charged down in the middle of the track to clinch victory. Alexandra Palace was a fast-finishing third. Super Victory clocked 60.80sec for the 1,000m trip.
TRIAL 5 (PRACTICE):
1 Titanium (Nunes)
2 Barnato (Juglall)
3 Bright General (Y Salim)
4 You Da One (Newitt)
5 Yes Baba (MM Firdaus)
6 Mexican Gal (F Tan)
7 Lion Wave (A'Isisuhairi)
8 Alasamo (Saifudin)
9 Seaswallow (Kellady)
10 The Situation (Rodd)
Margins and time: 1, 1, ½, ¾, nk, nk, ½, nk, ¾, 12¼ (1:01.36).
Barnato, the mount of Nooresh Juglall cleared the gates well and led from Lion Wave, Bright Legend, Sea Swallow, Yes Baba and Titanium. It was still Barnato in front when they approached the 600m mark. Bright General kept him company. Next came Lion Wave. A gap away was Titanium.
Well into the straight and Barnato was still in front. Bright General held second. But just when it looked like they would finish in that order, Titanium came with a pulverising run to beat the pair by a length. Barnato stuck on for second. Bright General did well to take third.
TRIAL 6 (PRACTICE):
1 My Brothers Keeper (Brown)
2 Sacred Spin (H Amin)
3 Stick Seeker (Nunes)
4 Double Cash (TR Barnabas)
5 Majestic Moments (Juglall)
6 Abastor (Rodd)
7 Black Mamba (A Munro)
8 Victory Achiever (Newitt)
9 Just The Tip (Saifudin)
10 Farrand (M Ewe)
Margins and time: 1¼, ¾, 2¼, nk, 3½, ¾, 1½, 2¼, 5¼ (1:01.33).
Double Cash, Stick Seeker and Majestic Moments were the stars when the gates opened. They disputed the early lead. When they settled just before the 700m mark, Stick Seeker was in the lead, closely followed by Double Cash, Majestic Moments, Sacred Spin, My Brothers Keeper and Black Mamba.
Turning for home and Stick Seeker had Sacred Spin for company. They looked to have the trial all sewn up until My Brothers Keeper unleased a run which left both of them standing still. Sacred Spin eventually beat Stick Seeker for the "silver".
TRIAL 7 (PRACTICE):
1 Iconnic (Brown)
2 Fatkid Wonderer (Ewe)
3 Speed Mission (Nunes)
4 Above The Rainbow (M Rizman)
5 Shabbat (H Syafiq)
6 Top Of The Town (Rodd)
7 Russell The Crowe (F Tan)
Margins and time: 1, 2, ½, hd, 1¼, 9¾ (1:01.89).
They were four in a line after the start. Fatkid Wonderer, Speed Mission, Russell The Crowe and Iconnic. Following them were Above The Rainbow and Top Of The Town.
Racing to the 600m, Fatkid Wonderer had to deal with Speed Mission. They dropped off Russell The Crowe. Iconnic looked dangerous. Above The Rainbow, and Shabbat battled for the minor prizes. With the finish in sight, Iconnic began his run. It took him to the front and he never looked back. Fatkid Wonderer held second. Speed Mission had to be content to take third.
TRIAL 8 (PRACTICE):
1 Ron (Brown)
2 Bigcat Rhapsody (YF Leong)
3 Guilty Pleasures (Kellady)
4 Forever Best (S John)
5 Dragon Highness (Munro)
6 Pusaka (Newitt)
7 Mr Mani (Saifudin)
8 Beautiful World (T Rehaizat)
Margins and time: 2½, nk, 1½, 1½, ns, 2¾, nk (1:02.54).
Forever Best cleared the gates better than the rest and led early from Guilty Pleasures and Ron. A gap away came Dragon Highness and Bigcat Rhapsody. As they aproached the 600m, Guilty Pleasures decided to go to the front. Forever Best sat second with Ron a close up third. Dragon Highness and Bigcat Rhapsody were still in it.
With 250m to travel, Ron came alive. With Corey Brown resting quietly in the irons, Ron raced away to easily beat Bigcat Rhapsody who was finishing nicely. Guilty Pleasures stayed third.
TRIAL 9 (PRACTICE):
1 Mr Spielberg (Nunes)
3 Black Label (Rizman)
4 Fumiko (Rodd)
5 Lucky Lion (Newitt)
6 Smart Move (T See)
7 Peregrine Falcon (Juglall)
8 Specta Dilemma (TR Barnabas)
9 Voy (Munro)
Margins and time: ½, 1½, 3¼, nk, 2¼, ns, ¾, 30 (1:02.36).
They were tightly bunched after the start. Black Label, Greenback, Fumiko and Peregine Falcon all wanted to lead. Specta Dilemma watched them go. Also in it were Mr Spielberg and Smart Move. Lucky Lion was hard ridden to stay up.
As they closed in on the 600m mark, there was nothing separating Black Label, Peregrine Falcon and Greenback. Mr Spielberg got going nearest the rails.
With the finish in sight, Mr Spielberg raced through to beat the hard-ridden Greenback. It was a good trial by Black Label who took third.
TRIAL 10 (PRACTICE):
1 Bourbon Captain (Y Salim)
2 Waipa (Nunes)
3 Mr Connery (F Tan)
4 Dos Equis (Saifudin)
6 A Lot In Hand (Munro)
7 Comonbaby (T See)
Margins and time: 2½, hd, 2¾, nk, nk, ¾ (1:02.11).
Bourbon Captain was smartly into stride and led from Mr Connery. They were followed by Comonbaby and A Lot In Hand. Ravoux and Waipa weren't too far away. Bourbon Captain was a two-length leader with 500m to go. Mr Connery, asked to go by his rider, gave chase. Comonbaby and Waipa went with them.
After angling out for the run home, Bourbon Captain looked home and hosed until Manoel Nunes put Waipa in pursuit mode. However, Bourbon Captain had too big a lead and could not be run down. Waipa took second, just in front of Mr Connery.