Powell and Shaw's tactical plan pays off
Jockey John Powell said he and trainer Patrick Shaw hatched the plan to take the race from the others early, when they figured nobody else would be up for it.
"Pat and I had a talk and we thought there would be no real leader other than maybe Trudeau or Flax," said Powell (above).
"Slew Of Lode generally doesn't lead but I just had to put a little more pressure on him to get to the front and we got a lovely run across.
"I could hear them creeping up to me at the 1,600m, but he took me up to the top of the straight still on the bit.
"I went flat chat in the last bit and, even though he did switch his legs, he just was too good in the end.
"I just rode him hands and heels and put the whip away, just to keep him at his max in the last 200m."
Slew Of Lode went on to win by three lengths from Trudeau, with the $9 favourite and Slew Of Lode's stablemate Quechua third.
A disappointed jockey Corey Brown said in hindsight he could have been a little more aggressive aboard Quechua in the early stages.
"I'm not making any excuses, but as he was drawn off the track, I was worried he would pull too hard if I rode him more positive," said Brown, who was at his first defeat in five rides aboard the Longines Singapore Gold Cup winner.
"Maybe I should have been more forward, but that's racing. They slowed up the pace and it was always going to be hard when they turned it into a sprint.
"He still ran a huge race."
Unsuccessful for 11 months since his four-in-a-row early in his Kranji career, Slew Of Lode has now five wins to his credit with more than $380,000 in prize money for South African owner Fred Crabbia.