He’s not a giraffe any more but wide draw rules out Lucky Enough
Lucky Enough should win a race or two in Singapore - but just not tonight, says trainer Stephen Gray.
From gate 10, on the short D course, Gray says things could turn ugly very quickly for the Alamosa four-year-old.
“If he’d had a draw he could have run in the first three or four but it won’t be easy from out there.
“I don’t want to scratch him but we also don’t want to hunt him out - going forward on him would be suicide because he’s a little bit hot-headed and wants to rev into it.’’
That’s what Lucky Enough did on debut and it ended “disastrously” says Gray, as the horse was up third on the speed tugging for his head and dropped right out to run last, 40 lengths from the winner.
But he was much better last time, on November 16, when fourth.
And Gray says, handled correctly, and ridden more quietly, Lucky Enough will be all right, if somewhat limited.
Gray waited a week to start Lucky Enough so he could be ridden by ex-pat Australian Daniel Moor.
“Dan’s on fire and he’s done a lot of work on the horse. He gets on well with him and has settled him down.’’
Gray says Lucky Enough was 12 months behind his peers when he arrived in Singapore - “he was like a hunted hare, you could spit through him.
“But he’s really filled out and now his head is on the ground instead of being like a giraffe.’’
Trainer Shane Baertschiger is no less indifferent about the chances of O’Reilly’s Dancer in the third race.
Also drawn wide in the outside gate 11, Baertschiger says the six-year-old isn’t fit enough to go forward where on the short course he would be hung out to dry.
For that reason, Baertschiger has taken the blinkers off the horse and will instruct rider John Powell to go back at the start.
The 1600 metre race is also too short for him - his only three placings in 15 starts have been over 1800 metres and 2000 metres (twice).
Baertschiger says tonight’s race is a stepping stone to longer races and he just hopes to see the horse running on.
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Friday night at Kranji
Race 4: Darci’s Boy
6.50pm NZ time
“It will be too short for him - he’s a miler - but it was the only race for him. If he can get up outside the leader, he’s a small chance but he won’t be as fresh as the other day.’’
Race 8: O’Reilly’s Dancer
8.55pm NZ time
“We’re using this as a trial because he needs the run. He doesn’t handle the polytrack and he’s coming back to 1800 metres. We went forward on him last time but we’ll ride him quieter on Friday and see if he can handle the track.’’
News in brief
ROCK ME COUGHING: Trainer Stephen Gray didn’t pay up for Rock Me Easy to race this weekend as planned after the horse coughed a couple of times following his gallop on Tuesday. He is being treated with antibiotics and should be OK to run in three weeks.
MOONLIGHT WANES: A veterinary exam of Lincoln Moonlight failed to find anything amiss after he ran only sixth, four lengths from the winner on Friday night. The horse blundered on jumping, had to be eased off heels soon after, then was forced to race three wide throughout. Rider Matthew Kellady reported the horse raced keenly and tired noticeably in the run home.
SO LONG SAINT: Saint Lincoln will be sold to Malaysia after bleeding for the second time. The five-year-old won two of his 14 starts in Singapore for earnings of S$45,911.
MORE RAZZ: On The Razz enjoyed a roll in the sand before showing his first bit of sparkle at Kranji, running on well from last at the 300 metres to finish seventh. The 1000 metre trip was far too short for the son of Magic Albert, who is out of a Zabeel mare, but he is being fitted for a 1400 metre event in January.