ITALIAN JOB IS SET AND READY FOR ANOTHER HEIST
ITALIAN JOB, whose last five runs read an impressive 1-1-2-1-2, showed that he was ready to add another "1" to that already-outstanding tally when he won his trial in stylish fashion yesterday.
Jumping away best, he made every post a winning one over that 1,000m dash on the Poly.
From David Kok's yard, the four-year-old by Saint Anddan was last seen on the track a month ago when he ran a close second to Golden Sand Steed in a 1,100m sprint on the Poly.
Backed down to short odds of just $7 on the win tote, he would have let down a battery of bettors.
Well, if you were one of them, then we suggest you stick with him in his next start because the four-time winner from eight starts does look like he's ready to make it five from nine.
TRIAL 1 OFFICIAL
1 Ikto (R Rueven)
2 Missile Fly (WH Lao)
3 Bangkok Rocket (M Kellady)
4 Victory King (KB Soo)
Margins and Time: ½, ½, ½ (1mim 02.31sec).
A clean jump-out by all runners. When they settled and sorted themselves out after the initial 250m, Missile Fly took command of things and led from Bangkok Rocket. Next came Ikto and Victory KIng.
As they approached the 600m, Ikto made a swift move and drew alongside Missile Fly.
They turned as one with the two other runners out of it. With 250m to travel, apprentice Rueven urged his mount to the line and held off a late surge from Missile Fly to win narrowly. A good run by the first two.
TRIAL 2 TEST
1 Pioneer Seven (M Nunes)
2 Castor (T See)
3 Fat Kiddy (M Ewe)
4 Full Meaning (O Chavez)
5 East Coast Park (Z Zuriman)
6 Bright General (D Flores)
7 Picture (H Syafiq)
Margins and Time: 6, 2, nk, nk, 9¾, 9¾ (59.64sec).
Bright General jumped out well and was swiftly into stride. Pioneer Seven gave chase. Followng them were Castor, Fat Kiddy and East Coast Park, who made up ground afetr missing the start slightly.
Pioneer Seven, now in full flight, was the first to hit the 600m marker. He was well clear of Castor and Bright General. Full Meaning and Fat Kiddy were next.
Well into the straight and Pioneer Seven was home and hosed. With 250m to go, he put seven lengths between himself and with Manoel Nunes sitting quietly in the saddle, he coasted unchallenged. A good barrier trial by the winner.
TRIAL 3 PRACTICE
1 Italian Job (Flores)
2 Spun Gold (Nunes)
3 Super Voice (S Noh)
5 Imacruiser (HK Cheng)
6 Specta Dilemma (TK Barnabas)
4 Cheetah On Fire (Zuriman)
Margins and Time: 1¾, 2, ns, 3¼, 1¾ (1:00.71).
Italian Job was first to break and led from Super Voice. Following them were Specta Dilemma, Spun Gold, Imacruiser and Cheetah On Fire. Italian Job was first to make the turn on the far side and he travelled well to the 600m marker. Tracking him closely was Super Voice, with Spun Gold coming at them wide out.
Into the straight and, with the finish in sight, Italian Job kept going and easily held off Spun Gold. Cheetah On Fire was doing his best work at the finish and took fourth, just behind Super Voice.
TRIAL 4 PRACTICE
1 Stiletto (Zuriman)
2 Hero Success (M Au)
3 California Eagle (I Santana)
4 Amazealot (Flores)
5 Right Is Right (L Allpress)
6 Damaipuri (I Saifudin)
7 Eighth Wonder (Chavez)
Margins and Time: ½, 1, 1¼, 1¾, 1¼, 4 (1:01.26).
Amazealot jumped best from one off the rails but California Eagle soon took over and led from Amazealot, Stiletto and Damaipuri. Hero Success, Eighth Wonder and Right Is Right weren't too far away. It was Damaipuri in front when they neared the final turn. He had a length on Califronia Eagle Stiletto and Amazealot.
With less than 200m to go, they were four in a line. Damaipuri, Stiletto, California Eagle and Hero Success - making a run wide out. In a mad scramble to the line, the mare Stiletto surged ahead and held off Hero Success.