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Blinkers sharpen up Castor

The addition of blinkers did the trick for Inglis Sydney Better Life Stakes winner CASTOR, said winning rider Troy See.

In his debut on April 20, the David Kok-trained two-year-old finished sixth to Affleck without the gear.

But, with the blinkers to perk him up, Castor jumped beautifully and led practically all the way.

In the straight, where he had kicked to a two-length lead, it was just a question of how much he would beat his eight juvenile rivals.

He eventually won by three and three-quarter lengths from I'm Kool in a fairly good time of 59.39sec for 1,000m on the Polytrack.

"I think the blinkers sharpened him up tonight. He was a lot faster out of the gates," said See.

"We also learned from our mistakes. At his first run, we held him in the gates, and he sat back before jumping.

"This time, we held his tail and he sat up and bounced out really quickly. He just galloped along at a good speed and was never going to get caught."

An elated Kok said he would run Castor in the $325,000 Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1,200m - the final leg of the six-race $1 million Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series - in a week's time.

"I would definitely look forward to it if he is in," said See, who went on to complete a double on the Sam Chua-trained BLACK BEAN in Race 5.

Black Bean was well ridden by See.

The rising apprentice secured a soft lead from after jumping from the second-widest barrier.

He dropped anchor midway to slow down the pace and set his mount kicking strongly again in the straight to win by a length from Can't Touch Me in the Class 5 event over 1,600m on the Polytrack.

Black Bean, the second leg of a four-bagger for trainer Sam Chua, paid $31 for a win.

Chua took the opening race with JET COSMO (Vagner Leal), an emergency acceptor who secured a berth following a scratching, Race 8 with last-to-first $372 outsider HEAR ME (apprentice Peter Dellorto) and rounded up with ACCOMPLISHED (John Sundradas) in Race 9.