Harry's ground-saving run wins the race

Champion apprentice A'Isisuhairi "Harry" Kasim did well on COGITO ERGO SUM.

A good ride by the Kelantan-born rider with his ground-saving run on the rails provided the Hideyuki Takaoka-trained galloper his first success from seven starts.

A'Isisuhairi jumped the three-year-old Japanese-bred gelding out smartly from his pole position in the Class 5 Div 1 event over 1,400m.

Class-dropper Danger Money led from Von Snitzel, with Cogito Ergo Sum next hugging the paint. The $15 favourite Danny was travelling in midfield.

This position was maintained until the straight.

A'Isisuhairi was lucky to find the gap between the rails and Danger Money wide enough to breeze through.


He sent his mount to the front at the 300m mark and kicked clear. The two leaders had had enough, leaving Danny as the main challenger.

But, although he brought Danny up nicely, leading jockey Manoel Nunes found himself in a tight situation. Time After Time had moved up right on his outside and he could not use his whip until he broke clear.

The whacks lengthened Danny but it was too late. The winner hung on to win by a neck.

It could have been a different story had Nunes been able to apply his whip earlier on Danny, the first choice of The New Paper's tipping panel, with Larry Foley and Mr X making the Laurie Laxon-trained six-year-old their best bet.

Last-start come-from-behind winner Lucky Eighty Eight came from the clouds to finish third, another neck away. He was the mount of Noh Senari.

Both Lucky Eighty Eight and Danny bear watching in their next starts.