Top jockeys label new Singapore pair as winners in waiting
Top Singapore jockeys Vlad Duric and Barend Vorster have labelled Miracle Time and Rock Me Easy as future winners following their promising runs at Kranji last night.
The Stephen Gray-trained pair, who are part of a three-horse partnership package Lincoln Farms is putting together, finished fourth and a close-up seventh, efforts prompting both jockeys to predict bright futures.
“Vlad was very happy with Miracle Time,” says Gray. “He actually thought he’d run third and said he felt like a nice horse who would win some races for sure.
“He said he has a good attitude and just got held up a bit - behind our other horse actually - but got home really well.
“I like the way he kept trying to the line. He’ll learn a lot from it as it’s only his first prep. The way I look at it that was his first start for me really as the run on the poly track was just to get him going.’’
Duric told Gray’s team that Miracle Time would benefit from wearing blinkers, to focus him, and would be better over 1400 metres next time.
Gray describes the run of Rock Me Easy, who was just 1.2 lengths behind Miracle Time and only 1.7 lengths away from paying a dividend on debut, as “very, very good.’’
“Vorster said he had to go forward from his good draw - on that short course E you have to put yourself in the race - and he pushed him to get there, which was probably the worst way to ride him. He rode the track instead of the horse.
“He said the horse was a bit lost at what to do up the straight but he fought on well and gave him a really nice feel.’’
Vorster says Rock Me Easy wants at least a mile to show his best.
“But we’ll give him another 1400 and ride him a little bit quiet so he can use himself better and let him finish over the top of them.
‘He’ll come out of that race amazingly fitter and better and he’ll win races all right. There’s a lot of improvement in him both mentally and physically.’’
Rock Me Easy and Miracle Time join last Sunday’s impressive debutant Cru Bourgeois in Lincoln Farms’ new partnership which is almost fully subscribed.
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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.