No sweat as comeback kid Klever Man wins his trial
NICE RUN: Klever Man winning Trial 5 with jockey John Powell astride. PHOTO: STC
Five-time winner KLEVER MAN is running back into form and it could be sooner rather than later that he adds another victory to his fine resume.
Sent to the trials yesterday morning, the five-year-old led from go to whoa and cantered in by one and a quarter lengths. Although his time for the 1,000m was nothing to write home about - he did clock a leisurely 62.02 secs for the trip - it was full of merit.
Sparingly-raced - he had just five starts in the 2014 season - he has been in cotton wool since finishing seventh to Daniel in a KSA sprint over 1,200m in July.
He had, two runs prior, won a Benchmark 83 race in stylish fashion. That was his fifth win since he began his Kranji career in September, 2012.
Now on the comeback trail, Klever Man has always been a good sort and, judging from his send-off prices, he has always had fans among the Kranji faithful.
Yesterday's trial was a neat effort and when his trainer Shane Baertschiger eventually sends him back to the races, you can bet he will be ready for a supreme effort.
TRIAL 1 (OFFICIAL)
1 Kam's Comet (R Shafiq)
2 Ocean Wave (K A'Isisuhairi)
3 Hullala (KB Soo)
4 Lost A Sock (I Andy)
5 Dominy (TK Barnabas)
Margins and time: 1, 1¼, 2¾, shd (1min 02.01sec)
Lost A Sock cleared the gates best and led by a length from Kam's Comet, Hullala, Dominy and Ocean Wave. Hullala took on and overtook Lost A Sock when they neared the 600m. He led them into the stretch. Eventual winner Kam's Comet was held together in third spot.
With 150m to go, Kam's Comet dashed through an opening between Hullala and Lost A Sock and cleared away to win by a length. Ocean Wave charged home to take second, dropping Hullala into third spot.
TRIAL 2 (OFFICIAL)
1 Seasons Palace (B Vorster)
2 The Myth (B Woodworth)
3 Falkirk Lead (M Rodd)
Margins and time: 2¾, 1 (1:02.08)
Only three runners faced the starter and it was eventually Seasons Palace who won the trial in good fashion. In the early stages, Falkirk Lead was in front and he showed them the way to the top of the straight. The Myth held second with Seasons Palace in third spot on the extreme outside.
They were three in a line for most of the stretch until Barend Vorster asked Seasons Palace for an effort 100m out. Season's Palace took the bit and cleared away to win by almost three lengths.
TRIAL 3 (TEST)
1 In Fact (N Juglall)
2 Lion Wave (Vorster)
3 Precious Gem (M Nunes)
4 Von Krumm (M Kellady)
5 Bremner (Rodd)
Margins and time: ½, nk, 8¼, ½, 11½ (1:01.90)
Von Krumm jumped best and opened a nice lead over Bremner when they had cleared the initial 200m. Zipangu was next with Precious Gem being held back by Manoel Nunes, in fourth. Then came In Fact and Lion Wave.
Von Krumm led them to the 600m from Bremner, Lion Wave, Precious Gem and In Fact.
Into the straight and there were three contenders for the prize - Precious Gem, In Fact and Lion Wave. They had drawn clear of the rest. With the finish in sight, In Fact got serious and raced away to beat Lion Wave by half a length. Precious Gem was third. The winner clocked 61.90sec.
TRIAL 4 (TEST)
1 Star Of Eden (Nunes)
2 Perfect Curiosity (O Chavez)
3 Bonanza (N Juglall)
4 McGregor (TK Barnabas)
5 Eclipse Dancer (A Munro)
6 Bank On Me
8 Victory (B)
Margins and time: 1½, 1¾, nk, nk, ¾, hd, 3½ (1:01.84)
A decent jump out. Confidence was snagged back to last. Perfect Curiosity led from Star Of Eden. They broke away from Bonanza and McGregor. Perfect Curiosity and Star of Eden raced together when they approached the top of the straight. They were clear of McGregor, Bank On Me, Eclipse Dancer and Bonanza. Confidence made up some ground.
With 150m to travel, Star Of Eden got the better of Perfect Curiosity and raced away to win by one and a half lengths. Bonanza came with a sustained run to take third.
TRIAL 5 (PRACTICE)
1 Klever Man (J Powell)
2 Magical Talent (F Tan)
3 Viva Raaj (I Saifudin)
4 Lika Tiger (C Newitt)
5 Hippo Ventura
6 The Situation (Rodd)
Margins and time: 1¼, ¾, 2¾, 2¾, 5 (1:02.02)
Klever Man was a smart all-the-way winner. Ridden by Joh Powell, Klever Man was three lengths clear of Viva Raaj, Magical Talent, The Situation and Lika Tiger when they cleared the bend on the far side.
Klever Man was still well clear when they straightened for the run home. He had Viva Raaj on his outside. Next came Magical Talent,. Like Tiger made up ground. Klever Man was never tested and raced away to win by one and a quarter lengths from Magical Talent. Viva Raaj held on for third with Lika Tiger making up the board.
TRIAL 6 (PRACTICE)
1 Not Simple (Woodworth)
2 Regal Salute (CK Ng)
3 Dane's Anatomy (Shafiq)
4 Fastnet Dragon (Munro)
Margins and time: ½, shd, nk (1:03.25)
Scratchings reduced the field to just four runners. It was Dane's Anatomy, Regal Salute, Not Simple and Fastnet Dragon in that order when they approached the bend on the far side.
Regal Salute soon took over the role of pacemaker and led them to the 600m. Not Simple was second from Dane's Anatomy and Fastnet Dragon. That was how they turned. With 150m to the finish, they were strung across the track and in that dash to the line, Not Simple got the verdict by half a length. Regal Salute took second, a shorthead in front of Dane's Anatomy.