On a day when racegoers have been again to the races to cheer the gang favourites dwelling, it was the underdogs who had a subject day, with jockey Ronnie Stewart certainly one of yesterday’s unlikely heroes.
The day started properly sufficient for prime fancies within the first half of the 11-race programme, however it all went downhill from Race 7 onwards when $166 roughie Axel scored.
Payout-wise, the Donna Logan-trained galloper produced the most important boilover, however the actual shock issue got here within the day’s spotlight within the penultimate occasion, the $100,000 Class 1 race over 1,400m, when unbeaten rising star Lim’s Kosciuszko was rolled.
The Daniel Meagher-trained growth four-year-old was on everyone’s lips, and doubtless backed by many of the 3,000-odd patrons who flocked to the Kranji grandstand after two years of deprivation.
Had he faltered, all eyes would have been on his famous person stablemate, the reigning Singapore Horse of the 12 months Lim’s Lightning, to take over, even when he was resuming over a distance not made to go well with.
But it surely was the unheralded Gold Star who, properly ridden by Stewart, defied each his $92 odds and a gallant Lim’s Kosciuszko (Wong Chin Chuen) to come back up trumps.
The saying “when it rains, it pours” definitely resonated with Stewart. The Australian jockey had not been capable of finding the road in 39 earlier rides in six conferences at his Singapore comeback, however Charger lastly obtained the ball rolling within the first race earlier than Gold Star and Silent Is Gold ($50), each outsiders, gave the battling rider a most sudden windfall within the final two.
For a jockey who has received three Singapore Gold Cups with El Dorado and was a light-weight staple at Kranji within the mid to late 2000s, that return after 11 years had been a little bit of a shock to the system.
However the treble couldn’t have come at a greater time to dispel any moments of self-doubt.
“It was good to lastly experience one thing aggressive,” he stated in a barely veiled allusion to the standard of his earlier bookings.
“It’s been a comparatively testing time, to carry my household up right here and issues haven’t unfolded the best way we deliberate. The early performances weren’t what I anticipated, it was difficult.
“My health ranges have been additionally not on top of things. I experience lots of work for Tim Fitzsimmons, some rides didn’t work out, however issues have labored out properly for Gold Star.
“When the attracts got here out, I used to be involved along with his barrier (No. 3) as he likes a little bit of room, however Tim has levelled it up.
“He informed me the 1,400m can get the draw to work for us. After I noticed the Lim’s colors (Lim’s Kosciuszko) in entrance, I caught on his again.”
Lim’s Kosciuszko was all poised for his ninth win in a row after he sailed previous the fading chief Fame Star (Jerlyn Seow) on the 300m.
However that was underestimating Fitzsimmons’ Gold Star, who had tracked Lim’s Kosciuszko all through.
Like many of the backmarkers struggling to maintain up, the Redente six-year-old did appear to be happening the one spot for a number of seconds.
However a mix of Lim’s Kosciuszko shortening strides and Gold Star lastly sprouting wings – and doubtless a hungrier Stewart – noticed the unthinkable occur.
Gold Star swept previous the hotpot to attain with 3/4-length to spare, and smash the 1,400m file on the Lengthy Course within the course of.
He clocked 1min 20.48sec to raised the earlier mark held by Ace Aliado in 2009 by 0.27 sec.
Different lengthy photographs to ship the throng of individuals off on a bittersweet notice have been Sabah Star (Race 8, $57) and Metropolis Gate (Race 9, $49). To not point out, they got here however didn’t get to cheer tearaway chief Manoel Nunes dwelling.
The Brazilian had a uncommon off-day when he returned dwelling empty-handed for the primary time this yr, however remains to be properly clear on the log – 41 winners towards Oscar Chavez’s haul of 19 winners, prolonged by one by means of Sabah Star.
Gold Star to skip the Kranji Mile
Tim Fitzsimmons is surprisingly steering away from the Group 1 Kranji Mile (1,600m), even after his valiant galloper Gold Star upstaged a few of the possible favourites of the $1 million showpiece on Could 21.
The Australian horseman was the image of composure after the Gold Secure ward turned giant-killer towards the likes of Lim’s Kosciuszko, Lim’s Lightning and Katak within the Class 1 race over 1,400m, the Kranji Mile prelude billed because the “race earlier than the race”.
Many thought it was a no brainer to press the son of Redente on to that much-awaited finale, to not point out he’s even ranked 14th within the nominations.
However that was placing phrases in Fitzsimmons’ mouth.
“I don’t suppose he’d settle over the mile. I’ll communicate to the house owners and we might then set him for the Lion Metropolis Cup as an alternative,” stated the Australian handler, who was ex-Kranji coach Cliff Brown’s assistant-trainer from 2008 to 2018.
“At the moment was the primary time he ran over 1,400m with blinkers. He’s not straightforward to settle.
“We’ve been dropping him again to 1,200m, however they should roll alongside. If there was a day he would get the velocity on in a 1,400m race, at the moment was the day.
He’s simply so sincere and it’s additionally rewarding to get a win for the Yongs.”
The $300,000 Group 1 Lion Metropolis Cup (1,200m) is on Aug 14. The premier dash is a characteristic race Fitzsimmons received twice as assistant-trainer with Zac Spirit in 2014 and 2016.
With the Kranji Mile due in three weeks, yesterday’s races will see extra “chop and alter” till the ultimate line-up. The 2 Lim’s – Lim’s Kosciuszko and Lim’s Lightning, who ran a creditable sixth first-up yesterday – will most likely nonetheless be considered the 2 most important threats, however third fancy Katak ran final.
In his defence, the South African import, who had main jockey Manoel Nunes up for the primary time, was caught three extensive all through.
He returned with a number of cuts to each hind legs.