Super Winner set to make amends
Kranji Barrier Trials
LEADER OF THE PACK: Super Winner (KB Soo) winning easily from a host of horses in Trial 5 at Kranji yesterday morning. - PHOTO: STC
Ignore SUPER WINNER's last start on Jan 16, when he was a beaten even-money favourite.
One bad run does not make a bad horse, so they say.
Super Winner is all set to recoup the losses, judging by his impressive trial win at Kranji yesterday morning.
Ridden by regular jockey Soo Khoon Beng, the Theo Kieser-trained three-year-old sat a handy fourth behind Rapido Star before hitting the front 200m out to win with something in hand.
He covered the 1,000m on the Polytrack in 1min 00.45sec, the fastest time of the seven trials staged yesterday.
The going was good.
Last time out, Super Winner had every chance but finished a five-and-a-quarter-length sixth to Believe Yourself, who clocked a smart 1min 09.68sec for the 1,200m.
If you are looking for an excuse, it would be that he had a tendency to lay outwards over the concluding stages.
Before that run, Super Winner was ultra consistent. He had three wins and a second from four starts.
On yesterday's trial win, it should pay to follow him again when he next steps out.
TRIAL 1 (ORT)
1 So The Thing (I Andy)
2 Ganna (A Munro)
3 Ami Eleven (M Rodd)
4 Dazzling Sun (M Nunes)
5 Sun Dance (B Woodworth)
6 Kaiso (C Newitt)
7 Dashing (M Zaki)
Margins and time: 2¾, nk, 1, 2, 1½, 3¾ (1min 01.40sec)
A good start. So The Thing led. At the 600m mark, he was one and a half lengths in front of Ganna. Kaiso, Sun Dance and Dashing were next, a length away. Ami Eleven and Dazzling Sun brought up the rear.
So The Thing increased his lead to three lengths on straightening and five lengths at the 300m mark. Ganna gave chase all the way but So The Thing went on to win easily on a good hold.
TRIAL 2 (ORT)
1 Heavenly Gift (B Vorster)
2 Blazing Sun (Nunes)
3 Port Waikato (R Rueven)
4 Cactus Jack (Newitt)
5 Astro Man (Rodd)
6 Solaris Spectrum (M Kellady)
Margins and time: Shd, nk, nk, 3¼, 7¼ (1:02.25)
Solaris Spectrum was a little tardy at the start.
Astro Man was the quickest but Cactus Jack and Port Waikato overtook him to dispute the lead. The pair led past the 600m mark by a length from Astro Man, Blazing Sun, racing keenly in the centre, and Heavenly Gift widest. A gap away came Solaris Spectrum.
Cactus Jack and Port Waikato maintained their lead going into the straight from the three chasers. Blazing Sun was switched out for a run at the 200m mark and joined Heavenly Gift to go after the leaders. They raced ahead in the final 100m, with Heavenly Gift getting the verdict by a short head without being extended. Blazing Sun raced keenly.
TRIAL 3 (ORT)
1 Bail Out (E Aslam)
2 Dragon Royal (Munro)
3 Genius (N Juglall)
4 Charlie Came Along (Rodd)
5 Glorious Wealth (I Saifudin)
6 Belly Dance
Margins and time: Nk, 1¼, 8, 3, nk (1:03.96)
Glorious Wealth jumped with the field but dropped back last.
Bail Out led. He was half a length in front of Dragon Royal at the 600m mark. Genius was a length away. Charlie Came Along was on his inside. Two lengths behind came Belly Dance and Glorious Wealth.
Bail Out led into the straight by a length from Dragon Royal. Genius moved up. The rest were out of it. Dragon Royal and Genius went after Bail Out from the 200m mark. Given a crack of the whip, Dragon Royal closed in but the leader held on to win by a neck.
TRIAL 4 (TEST)
1 Holy Empire (Newitt)
2 Twodollarmuppet (M Suhaimi)
3 Present Arms (Munro)
4 Miracle Man
5 Gentleman (O Chavez)
6 Angsana (Zaki)
Margins and time: 4¼, ½, 1, 5, 8¾ (1:00.69)
Twodollarmuppet (1,000m/vet) broke through his gate when the others were being loaded. The grey Angsana (starting stall) proved hard to box. Molly Browne (blinkers) reared and was stuck in her barrier and it took a while to back her out. The filly was withdrawn.
Gentleman (blinkers on/pacifiers off) missed the start quite badly.
Holy Empire (1,000m/starting stall/vet) led by a length early but Present Arms (blinkers) cut back his lead to a head passing the 600m mark. A length away came Twodollarmuppet and Miracle Man (blinkers). Gentleman was three lengths behind, with another gap to Angsana.
Holy Empire opened up a two-length lead from Present Arms on straightening. Twodollarmuppet and Miracle Man were next. Holy Empire, the highest-rated runner, proved too good as he raced away without exertion to win by four and a quarter lengths.
TRIAL 5 (PRACTICE)
1 Super Winner (KB Soo)
2 Rapido Star (Suhaimi)
3 Goal Keeper (Munro)
4 Chunghua (CK Ng)
5 Spanish Bay (Newitt)
6 Red Dawn (Powell)
7 Lucky Dapper (WS Chan)
8 Trudeau (Rodd)
9 Dreamcatcher (R Shafiq)
Margins and time: 1½, ½, ½, ½, nk, nk, nk, 3¾ (1:00.45)
The field got away as one.
Goal Keeper and Super Winner bounced to the lead but Rapido Star cruised up to lead by two lengths. At the 600m mark, Chunghua, on the outside, and Goal Keeper closed in to a length behind. Super Winner was another length away. Two lengths further back came Red Dawn, followed by Lucky Dapper, Spanish Bay, Trudeau and Dreamcatcher.
Rapido Star was still a length clear on straightening but was swamped by Chunghua, Goal Keeper and Super Winner 300m out. Super Winner, who was the widest, produced a nice run from the 200m mark to win impressively.
TRIAL 6 (PRACTICE)
1 Pachelbel's Canon (Rodd)
2 Muvuka (Soo)
3 Fiscal Wings (CK Ng)
4 Not Exactly (C Brown)
5 Hippo Ventura (Vorster)
6 Gold Striker (Andy)
7 Christmas (Y Ruzaili)
8 Sun Pioneer (Nunes)
Margins and time: 6¾, ½, nk, 1¼, ¾, ns, shd, shd (1:01.12)
Not Exactly and Fiscal Wings were slow into stride.
This trial was all about classy newcomer Pachelbel's Canon, who blasted his rivals to smithereens.
At the 600m mark, the four-year-old Argentine-bred led by three lengths from Hippo Ventura. A length away came Vassilakos, Muvuka, Christmas, Gold Striker and Sun Pioneer very wide. Not Exactly and Fiscal Wings brought up the rear.
Pachelbel's Canon was five lengths clear into the straight. Although he had a tendency to lay inwards slightly, he bolted home by six and three quarter lengths. He can make a winning debut.
TRIAL 7 (PRACTICE)
1 Regal Red (Shafiq)
2 French Vintage (Kellady)
3 Zac Star Destroyer (CK Ng)
4 Secret Spice (WS Chan)
Margins and time: 1¼, nk, nk (1:02.87)
The field was depleted to four runners following five scratchings.
The field got away nicely. French Vintage led by a length early but Zac Star Destroyer narrowed his lead to a neck passing the 600m mark. Regal Red was two lengths away. Secret Spice was three lengths further back
French Vintage was first into the straight. Zac Star Destroyer closed in to be beside the leader at the 250m mark. Regal Red, who was a couple of lengths behind, started to let down and cruised home to win easily on a good hold.