Two-year old Speedy Dragon opted for a forward run in Friday’s $75,000 Restricted Maiden race over 1100m with good effect to secure his maiden victory.
When the gates sprang open, both horses on the inside, Waipa (Craig Newitt) and Speedy Dragon (Mohd Firdaus Mansor) raced on the speed, with Dragon Fury (Danny Beasley) joining in the lead from the outside. $11 favourite Above The Skyline (Manoel Nunes) was caught four deep near the back of the field.
Upon straightening, Dragon Fury looked like he could put up a challenge to $52 shot Speedy Dragon anytime, but failed to fire up, and the latter coasted away to a two-length win. At the first ride of his six-month visiting licence at Kranji, Melbourne-based Newitt steered the Laurie Laxon-trained Waipa to third place another two-and-a-quarter-lengths away.
The winning time for the 1100m journey on the Polytrack was 1min 5.41secs.
The son of Safe In The USA was badly crowded at his debut over 1000m two weeks ago, running fourth to Rathausglockel. Having observed less pace in the field this time round, Singaporean trainer David Kok called for a forward run instead of settling in midfield.
“He jumped and was checked badly the last time, but I see that he pulled up good, so I decided to race him again,” said Kok, who is currently on 17 wins on the premiership.
“The plan was to go forward as there was not much pace in the race. We will take things slowly with him.”
Firdaus commented that his mount laid out a little bit at the 400m, but a quick push helped the inexperienced juvenile travel all the way.
“David told me to try and go in front, to sit in either second or third position.
“He laid out a little at the 400m, but quickened very well in the last 200m.
“He is still very young now, and would probably need five to six more runs before he can go up in class or distance.”
The GTR Racing stable-owned Speedy Dragon was bought for over $100,000 by local owners.