Shaw takes four of the five barrier jumps
IMPROVED: La Fontana passing his blinkers test with flying colours at Kranji yesterday morning. - PHOTO: STC
Trainer Patrick Shaw was in top form at the trials at Kranji yesterday morning.
If not for jockey Mark Ewe pushing the David Kok-trained FARRAND vigorously to beat his Yes Baba, the South African handler would have had completed a sweep of the five trials yesterday, including a couple of quinellas.
Shaw took the opening trial, with LA FONTANA passing his blinkers test with flying colours by winning beautifully in a good time. Stablemate Matador finished third.
Then his last-start winner and Cup prospect MAGNETO clocked the fastest time of the morning (1min 00.06sec) for the 1,000m on the Polytrack. Stablemate Spyder finished third.
In Trial 3, Shaw sent out a stable queue-up with ROYAL RULER beating Know Each Other, a transfer from the Steven Lam yard, by a nose.
After seeing Yes Baba being pipped by Farrand in Trial 4, Shaw bounced back in the final trial with SUPER JOE beating stablemate Flamboyant.
With his horses flying, it pays to observe close attention when he sends them out for the races.
TRIAL 1 (TEST)
1 La Fontana (B Vorster)
2 Magic To Win (T See)
3 Matador (MM Firdaus)
4 Zeus (M Rodd)
5 Real Hero (R Rueven)
Margins and time: ¾, 1½, 2¼, nk (1min 00.31sec)
A fairly even start.
Magic To Win (blinkers-pacifiers) strode to the lead. He was three lengths clear of Matador (blinkers) at the 600m mark. Real Hero (starting stall) and La Fontana (blinkers) were a length away. Right behind and a bit wide was newcomer Zeus, a one-time winner in Ireland.
Matador, hugging the rails, closed in to a length behind turning for home, as the leader straightened a bit wide. La Fontana moved up on the outside. Magic To Win was still in front at the 200m mark but La Fontana picked up ground nicely and went past him with 150m to go. The blinkers have certainly perked up La Fontana.
TRIAL 2 (PRACTICE)
1 Magneto (N Juglall)
2 City Lad (M Nunes)
3 Spyder (MM Firdaus)
4 Bourbon Goldman (KB Soo)
5 Cannon Hill (Vorster)
6 Klever Man (J Powell)
7 Scrat (Rodd)
Margins and time: 1, 2, 1, ½, 3, 3¼ (1:00.06)
A good start and a tight bunch early. Magneto and City Lad then went ahead and they opened up a four-length lead from Klever Man and Scrat at the 600m mark. Bourbon Goldman was a length away, with another gap to Spyder and Cannon Hill.
Magneto was slightly in front of City Lad on straightening. Klever Man and Scrat were a few lengths away. Magneto kicked ahead after being given a few pushes but was quickly eased. City Lad was slightly niggled to stay second.
TRIAL 3 (PRACTICE)
1 Royal Ruler (Vorster)
2 Know Each Other (Juglall)
3 Lady Shark (S Sam)
4 Mac Volks (A Munro)
5 Flak Jacket (M Kellady)
6 Valevole (R Zawari)
7 Flying Tempo
Margins and time: Ns, 2¼, 1, 1, nk, 5¼ (1:01.55)
Flak Jacket reared just before the off. The field left as one.
Mac Volks led and was about two lengths in front of Know Each Other at the 600m mark. Flak Jacket was a length away, with another length to Royal Ruler. A similar gap behind came Flying Tempo, Lady Shark and Valevole.
Mac Volks led into the straight but Know Each Other quickly loomed up behind. Flak Jacket and Royal Ruler were next. Know Each Other and then Royal Ruler tackled the leader 200m out and raced away to settle the issue. In a touch-and-go finish, Royal Ruler beat Know Each Other by a nose.
TRIAL 4 (PRACTICE)
1 Farrand (M Ewe)
2 Yes Baba (MM Firdaus)
3 Smart Vintage (Munro)
4 Shenzhou One (T See)
5 Mighty Glory (Vorster)
6 Joe Swiper (M Zaki)
7 Lord Darlington (Juglall)
8 Naomi (TK Barnabas)
Margins and time: Nk, ¾, 1½, hd, ns, 1¼, 18 (1:01.14)
Joe Swiper was slow into stride but showed abundant speed as he scooted to the front from the far side.
At the 600m mark, he was a length ahead of Yes Baba. Wide out and in close attendance were Mighty Glory and Lord Darlington. A gap of three lengths came Farrand, followed by Smart Vintage on the inside. Shenzou One was second last and Noami last.
Joe Swiper led into the straight by a length from Yes Baba. Mighty Glory and Lord Darlington, who was pushed out, were next. Yes Baba was pushed and overtook Joe Swiper in the final 200m. On the outside, Farrand was making his run after being woken by his rider. Farrand unleashed a nice spurt to beat Yes Baba by a neck. Smart Vintage flashed home third with some urgings.
TRIAL 5 (PRACTICE)
1 Super Joe (Juglall)
2 Flamboyant (MM Firdaus)
3 King Of Koon (T See)
5 Suvarnabhumi (Kellady)
6 Ginseng (Y Ruzaili)
7 Legacy (TK Barnabas)
Margins and time: ½, ¾, 1¼, ½, 2¾, 6 (1:02.03)
A fairly even start. A compact bunch early, with just over two lengths covering the seven runners.
At the 600m mark, Ballistics, who was widest with his mouth open, was just a head in front of Suvarnabhumi and Flamboyant. A length away were King Of Koon, Ginseng and Super Joe on the rails. Legacy was last and wide.
Ballistics straightened up by half a length in front of Suvarabhumi and Flamboyant. Super Joe and King Of Koon on the outside also made up ground and make it almost five in a row at the 200m mark. Super Joe then went into a higher gear and went on to win by half a length from stablemate Flamboyant.