Big Brother looks nice and relaxed
BIG BROTHER, a game sort with three wins at Kranji, signalled his chances for another victory with a good stretch-out yesterday morning.
Taken out by his regular jockey Nooresh Juglall, the Patrick Shaw-trained four-year-old looked nice and relaxed as he went over 600m on the Polytrack in 41.8sec unextended.
The going was good.
Big Brother pulled up without raising a sweat and walked calmly back to the tunnel and back to his stable for a good wash and hearty breakfast.
The Argentinian-bred gelding has proven to be a money-spinner for Falcon Racing No. 3 Stable with his consistency. He finished out of the first three only three times from 12 starts.
His last-start second to Infantry on Nov 18 was full of merit. Infantry, whose win was his first since returning from his failed attempt in Seoul, South Korea, will probably start as the favourite in Sunday's $175,000 Group 3 Colonial Chief Stakes over the Poly 1,700m.
Big Brother is meeting only seven rivals in an Open Benchmark event over the Poly 1,700m in Race 5 tomorrow night.
Only three Colonial Chief Stakes contenders showed up for fast work yesterday.
Trainer Shane Baertschiger's BEST TOTHELIGN, who dead-heated with trainer Desmond Koh's Order Of the Sun last year, galloped in 37.8 with Matthew Kellady astride.
He looked fit but the top impost of 58kg is a concern.
Trainer Laurie Laxon's DANIEL (G Boss) and trainer Cliff Brown's ZEUS clocked 37.6 and 36.7 respectively. Both horses looked only fair.
GALLOPS FOR SUNDAY
RACE 1: French Vintage ** (M Kellady) 36.9. Humdinger (M Rodd) canter/39. Bordeaux (V Duric) canter/37.6. Sing Express (K A'Isisuhairi) 38.4. Zac Benevolent 38.5.
RACE 2: Land Below D Wind 37.9. Paragon Star (I Saifudin) 41.1. Makanani (D David) 37.5.
RACE 3: Colonel Lincoln ** (J Powell) 39.1. Constance's Spirit 37.7. Stirling ** (Rodd) canter/38.2.
RACE 4: Zippy General 40.1. Pop Gems (B Woodworth) canter/36.1. O'What A Feeling ** (M Kellady) 39.6. Host The Nation (Saifudin) 41.2.
RACE 5: Dreamer Legend (CS Chin) canter/37.3. Galileo's Approach ** (Kellady) 37.1. Carnelian (David) 36.9.
RACE 6: Eclair Shadow canter/36.1. Sobre Las Olas (B Woodworth) canter/36.4. The Golden Goat (O Placais) 41.7. War Story ** (Powell) 37.8.
RACE 7: Italian Job 39.2.
RACE 8: Seasons Echo canter/40.2. Tangible Assets (M Zaki) 36.8. Han Solo ** (Kellady) 36.9. Sun Dance (Saifudin) canter/36.4. Slavonic Dance 38.4. General Conatus 40.7.
RACE 9 (COLONIAL CHIEF STAKES): Best Tothelign ** (Kellady) 37.8. Daniel (G Boss) canter/37.6. Zeus 36.7.
RACE 10: Sun Mirage ** (CC Wong) canter/39.8. Euro Zone ** (G Moose) canter/39.8. Mighty Glory ** 36.8. Rusty Brown 38.6. Swinglowsweetjacky (Powell) 37.9. Moon River (Placais) 36.9. Golden Mile 37.2.
RACE 11: Pentagon ** (I Azhar) 40.4. Rock Eagle 40.1. Siam Sapphire ** (M Nunes) 38.8.
RACE 12: Effortless ** (H Syafiq) 36.9. Imperial Boy ** (S John) 42.8. Hiko Yunikon ** (WS Chan) 41.5.
GALLOPS FOR TOMORROW
RACE 5: Big Brother *** (N Juglall) 41.8. Mighty Emperor 42.4. Imperial March (B Vorster).
RACE 8: Terms Of Reference (Vortser) 38.9. Mighty Kenny ** (Juglall) 38.3.