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One Rar's a different horse, says Baertschiger

ALL SMILES: The winning connections of Causeway Classic Stakes winner One Rar - (from left) stable supervisor Scott Bailey, who represented the owner, Geoff Grimish, jockey Matthew Kellady and trainer Shane Baertschiger. TNP PHOTO: SHAHRIYA YAHYA

Trainer Shane Baertschiger attributed ONE RAR's Causeway Classic Stakes victory to a much-improved horse and a top ride by jockey Matthew Kellady.

The other plus factors were the pole position and the light weight, 52kg, which was 4.5kg less than that carried by the $18 favourite and runner-up Goliath in the $150,000 Group 3 feature over 1,800m on the Polytrack.

Before last night, One Rar had contested in only one other black-type race, the $1.15 million Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby over 2,000m last year.

The bay/brown New Zealand-bred finished 12th to Better Life.

Yesterday's win was One Rar's sixth - all on the Polytrack - from 20 starts and it has brought his earnings to about $375,000 for his owner, Geoff Grimish.

The win was also the horse's fourth in his last five starts, signifying his rattling current form.

"His first preparation, he was just a Class 4 horse," said Baertschiger.

"I ran him in the Derby because he was a four-year-old horse.

"I brought him back and he has just been a different horse this time in, probably he acclimatised and we found out he was better on the Poly, and he has just been racing in super form.

"You know, no weight, barrier 1, Matthew rode him a treat and I thought he would be hard to beat.

"Yeah, Matthew has only ridden him in the Derby but, you know, he deserves this win. He's a real good track rider, genuine guy and he works hard."

So what now for One Rar?

"All those $150,000 feature races on the Poly. He stays 1,700m, 1,800m and 1,900m, so plenty of options."