A LA VICTORY wins with plenty in hand
The consistent A LA VICTORY passed his blinkers test with flying colours at Kranji yesterday.
Ridden by apprentice Noh Senari, the Michael Freedman-trained three-year-old disputed the lead with Well Done before taking the third trial by a neck from Bonjour Bob, who beat Well Done for second.
A La Victory won with plenty in hand and clocked a smart 1min 01.91sec for the 1,000m on the Polytrack.
The going was good.
A La Victory has had only two starts for a win and a second.
The New Zealand-bred made a winning debut on Aug 31, scoring by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:10.30 over 1,200m.
About three weeks later, he beat all but Black Snow over 1,400m.
On yesterday's trial win, he should be the one to look out for in his next start.
The Desmond Koh-trained REACH FOR THE SUN also won well.
The four-year-old came with a strong run in the straight to win going away.
He was unbeaten in his first three starts and then finished fourth to Board Walk in a Kranji Stakes C event over the Polytrack 1,200m with 58kg.
He, too, bears watching.
TRIAL 1 (ORT)
1 Bhaskara (C Brown)
2 Hee's Forte (R Rueven)
3 City Of Sails (A Feiruz)
4 What A Snip (J Saimee)
5 Red Ant (S John)
6 Bourbon Captain
7 Pusaka (Y Ruzaili)
8 Wonderful Times (R Zawari)
Margins and time: 5¾, hd, nk, 2, ¾, 1½, nk (1min 01.29sec)
Wonderful Times was slow into stride.
Bhaskara led and was about two lengths in front of City Of Sails at the 600m mark. A length behind came What A Snip and Red Ant. Then came Pusaka, Bourbon Captain, Wonderful Times and Hee's Forte.
Bhaskara led narrowly from City Of Sails turning into the straight. What A Snip and Hee's Forte were next. Bhaskara kicked from the final 200m to win by five and three-quarter lengths from Hee's Forte.
TRIAL 2 (ORT)
1 Hee's A Maverick (M Nunes)
2 We Are Genius (I Azhar)
3 Deluge (R Shafiq)
4 Man Of Power (L Allpress)
5 Handsome Bab (I Saifudin)
6 Tip Of Borneo (Brown)
7 Gold Striker (I Andy)
8 Speedy Dragon (D Flores)
Margins and time: Nk, 1¼, 1, ¾, 2¾, 1¼, 1¼ (1:02.55)
The field got off fairly well but Deluge dropped to the rear quickly.
Gold Striker and Speedy Dragon led by a couple of lengths after the jump but Man Of Power moved up wide to over the running. He was half a length of Speedy Dragon at the 600m mark. Gold Striker and Hee's A Maverick were a length away. Another length behind and fanned across the track were the other four horses.
Man Of Power led into the straight by a length from Speedy Dragon, who was losing ground quickly. Hee's A Maverick closed in on the outside and We Are Genius on the inside. Hee's A Maverick took the lead at the 200m mark and ran on to beat We Are Genius by a neck.
TRIAL 3 (TEST)
1 A La Victory (S Noh)
2 Bonjour Bob (K A'Isisuhairi)
3 Well Done
4 Mr Spielberg (Brown)
5 Felarof (Saimee)
Margins and time: Nk, ½, 2¼, 8½ (1:01.91)
Newcomer Felarof was slow to begin. A La Victory (blinkers) and Well Done (blinkers) started best and disputed the lead. At the 600m mark, they were a length clear of Mr Spielberg (blinkers) and newcomer Bonjour Bob. Two lengths away last was Felarof.
The two leaders were inseparable until the final 200m when A La Victory went ahead. Bonjour Bob closed in but A La Victory ran on unextended to win by a neck.
TRIAL 4 (PRACTICE)
1 Reach For The Sun (Nunes)
2 Bourbon Goldman (Flores)
3 Ami (J Powell)
4 Fragrance Empire (M Ewe)
5 Royal Tudor (Feiruz)
6 Happy Saga (J Low)
7 Trust Me (Z Zuriman)
8 Blue Swede (M Kellady)
Margins and time: Nk, nk, ½, nk, nk, 3¼, nk (1:01.37)
Blue Swede missed the jump. Royal Tudor was slow into stride.
Ami got off well and led handily before being joined by Fragrance Empire on his outside at the 600m mark. Bourbon Goldman was a length away, followed by Trust Me, Happy Saga, Royal Tudor and Reach For The Sun. Blue Swede was last and wide.
Ami and Fragrance Empire led into the straight. Bourbon Goldman moved up. It was three in a line at the 300m mark when Reach For The Sun came into the picture and went on to win by a neck from Bourbon Goldman. Ami held on third, another neck behind.
TRIAL 5 (PRACTICE)
1 Art Of War (O Chavez)
2 Great Sun (Saifudin)
3 Custodian (KB Soo)
5 Hussar (M Ewe)
6 English Dream (HK Cheng)
7 Zahir (Nunes)
8 Any Choice (R Azhar)
Margins and time: 1, 3½, 1, 1, 1¼, 3½, 2½ (1:01.36)
The grey Any Choice was slowest to get out of the gates. Custodian was slow into stride.
Art Of War bolted to the front and led by two lengths early before English Dream reduced the lead to a length at the 600m mark. Another length away was Great Sun wide, followed by Zahir. Two lengths behind came Vassilakos and Hussar. Then came Custodian. Any Choice was last.
Art Of War led nicely into the straight from English Dream. Great Sun wide and Zahir were next. Art Of War was well clear in the final 200m and kept up a bright gallop to beat Great Sun by a length.