Clements' new horses shine
Tuesday, Mardoona take the two $75,000 Restricted Maiden events over the Polytrack 1,100m
Trainer Michael Clements' promising new horses grabbed both the $75,000 Restricted Maiden events over the Polytrack 1,100m at Kranji yesterday with their raw ability.
The first to strike was newcomer Tuesday, a winner of both his trials.
Ridden by jockey Louis-Philippe Beuzelin, the Falcon Racing No. 7 Stable-owned three-year-old colt sat behind the Mark Walker-trained favourite Our Secret Weapon, who also won both his trials.
At the top of the straight, Tuesday went for broke and, although looking a bit green, quickly reined in Our Secret Weapon for a 31/4-length win in 1min 04.80sec.
"As green as he was today, he won a very nice race. We'll see how he comes through, even if he looks like quite a tough type," said Clements.
"I would have liked to run him in a Novice race, but there is not one coming up soon. I may have to run him in a Class 4 race, if he keeps on improving.
"I will definitely set him for the 3YO race at the end of the year, the Aushorse race over 1,200m."
Two races later, debut runner-up Mardoona went one better despite his wide barrier and trapped wide for most of the way. Apprentice jockey S Shafrizal steered the Fahad Al-Rashid-owned colt to win by 3/4-length in a much-slower time, 1min 05.76.sec