Athletica goes one better

Athletica (pink cap) racing away to beat outsider Storm Ryker (inside) at Kranji last night.
Athletica (pink cap) racing away to beat outsider Storm Ryker (inside) at Kranji last night.ST PHOTO: SALWA SUANDI

Baertschiger-trained NZ-bred justifies favouritism over right trip

Athletica last night stepped up on his last-start impressive second in a fast-run 1,600m race on turf with a stylish victory, despite being a little tardy to jump.

The four-year-old New Zealand-bred's second to Centenary Diamond, who won in 1min 34.81sec on March 3, was a good gauge that the mile was an ideal trip. That was why punters zeroed in on the Shane Baertschiger-trained horse to $12 favouritism in the $50,000 Class 4 event over the Polytrack 1,600m.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2019, with the headline 'Athletica goes one better'. Print Edition | Subscribe