Pure Tactics beats Fraajilistic by a nose
IN THE NICK OF TIME: Jocky Oscar Chavez driving $130 outsider Pure Tactics (No. 8) to beat the $11 favourite Fraajilistic by a nose in Race 3.
PURE TACTICS recorded back-to-back wins when he burst through late to roll hot favourite Fraajilistic in the $60,000 Open Benchmark 67 event over 1,200m on the Polytrack in Race 3 last night.
Despite his last-start win in a Class 4 race over 1,100m, the Strategic five-year-old was given a wide berth by most punters, but Pure Tactics, like any other horse, cannot read.
But jockey Oscar Chavez certainly knew what he had under him when he brought him within striking distance at the 300m mark after travelling midfield throughout.
Fraajilistic (Corey Brown), who was top tipster Tan Thean Loon's best bet, was being hailed the winner after hitting the front shortly after straightening, but Chavez had other ideas as he lifted the $130 long shot in the last 50m to grab the hotspot right at the last hop.
The photo print showed a nose separating the pair, with Euro Zone (Michael Rodd) third, one and three-quarter lengths away.
The winning time was 1min 11.71sec.
Chavez said he went into the race with a silent hope his horse could double the dose despite being up in grade.
"His last two runs were very good and he went into tonight's race with good fitness," he said.
"It was not a very strong race, as most of them were Class 3 horses which is the kind of company he came from anyway.
"On the line, I was pretty sure I had won the race."
Winning trainer Tan Hor Khoon said Pure Tactics owed his last-gasp victory to the Panamanian hoop.
"Oscar is a very good jockey. He won the race," said Tan.
"I think this horse has found his mark already. That is pretty much his level and I would not take him out of this type of race, 1,100m to 1,200m."
Pure Tactics was recording his fourth win, his third for Tan as the first was scored when he was prepared by Steven Burridge, and has already collected more than $260,000 in prize money for Madam Leong Phooi Yee.