MR BEAN GETS SERIOUS
Watch Rowan Atkinson in his role as TV character Mr Bean and, almost always, you'll end up smiling.
Well, MR BEAN the racehorse would have had that same effect on its connections after he turned in an Emmy-winning workout at Kranji yesterday morning.
Taken out by jockey Lisa Allpress, who will be on the reins on Sunday, Mr Bean the horse turned on the style to run the mandatory 600m in 36.7sec.
The six-year-old has been a serious campaigner, with 57 runs since his first Kranji appearance in October 2010.
To his credit, he has not been a scrounger and has paid for his feed with cheques from five wins, five seconds, four thirds and five fourths. In total he has cashed in over $160,000.
Indeed, it was just last month that his owners, Remarkable Stables, banked in another cheque when their galloper finished second to Fountain in a 1,200m race on the Polytrack.
However, it was 13 months ago that he last trotted into the winners' circle. That day, when ridden by R Shafiq, Mr Bean sat in the box seat and made his move at the 150m mark. He eventually won that 1,400m race by a comfortable three lengths.
Under the care of trainer Mark Walker since December 2010, the son of Handsome Ransom goes over that same distance in Race 8 on Sunday and, having drawn the advantageous No. 2 gate, jockey Allpress should be able to give him every chance.
Yes, if things turn out right and he runs true to the form he showed on the training track yesterday, come Sunday, Mr Bean should have punters smiling all the way to the bank.
William Low's guide to yesterday's trackwork at Kranji:
WORKOUTS BY HORSES RUNNING ON SUNDAY
RACE 1: Fiscal Wings (M Nunes) 35.4. Sarawi (T Rehaizat) with Magnificent Kid HH (TH Koh) canter/35.7. Danger Money HH 35. Prosperity Star (R Shafiq) 41.1.
RACE 2: Washington Bay 37.4. Deauville HH (C Brown) canter/40.7. Absolutely 38.8. Imperious 37.3. Golden Jade HH (A Munro) 37.6.
RACE 3: Take It Home HH (S Noh) 40.7. Dauntless Knights 41.5.
RACE 4: Beauty Admire (Munro) 37.3. Pharma Browne HH (Nunes) 37.4. Capricci Prince (M Kellady) 35.1. Marea Negro (Koh) 37.1.
RACE 5: Greenback HH 36.9. Joe HH (D Flores) canter/37.9. Turangawaewae (R Rueven) canter/39.6. Forever Ahead (I Santana) 39.4. Super Voice 37.8.
RACE 6: Browne's Anatomy HH (Brown) 37. Dos Equis 38.2. Triple Goals (SH Lee) canter/38.8.
RACE 7: Luwak Coffee HH (J Kah) 35.1. Ultimate Warrior HH 39.4. Mangatangi HH (D Beasley) canter/37.9. Atelier Libre with Military Alliance HH (Nunes) 39.2. Jim (Kah) 39.2.
RACE 8: Atiamuri HH (Rueven) canter/40.7. Mr Bean HHH (L Allpress) 36.7. Genuine Bargain 37.2. Ange D'Orient 37.
RACE 9: Guaricana (Rehaizat) canter/36.9. Hammer Down 37.1. Chinese Culture 36.9. Beauty Supreme (Munro) 37.6. Euro Zone HH (Brown) canter/39.6. Knight Spirit HH (Koh) canter/35.9.
RACE 10: Mr Big HHH (Noh) 36.9. Goal Keeper HH (T See) 33.7. Yin Xin 34.7. War Affair HH (Beasley) 34.8.
RACE 11: Magic Ocean (Nunes) 37.4. Carnival Star 37.2. Urban Legend 39.4.
RACE 12: Let Go Lenni HHH (Nunes) 37.7. Northern Gold 37.6. Easy Money HH (Koh) 34.9. Beauty Harmony (Brown) 37.8. Big Ready HH (Flores) canter/36.7.
WORKOUTS BY HORSES RUNNING TOMORROW
RACE 3: Marcusino HH 39.4.
RACE 7: My Son HH (H Amin) 36.7.