Kiss your song victorious

Jockey John Powell steering Kiss Your Song to his first Kranji breakthrough on his 12th start yesterday.
Jockey John Powell steering Kiss Your Song to his first Kranji breakthrough on his 12th start yesterday.PHOTO: STC

Arhat finally earns long overdue win after one year

Trainer Shane Baertschiger is his father's son. The same humble temperament. The same quiet enthusiasm. The same nonchalance.

Like when he picked up another winner in Race 2 at Kranji yesterday. His face betraying nothing, he complimented Kiss Your Song for a "good win" and added: "JP (John Powell) rode a gem of a race."

So, let us fill in some of the blanks. When Kiss Your Song won the Restricted Maiden sprint, he beat some talented youngsters and it ended an 11-race winless drought.

Quite definitely, the victory was long overdue and most deserving. After running second on four occasions and third three times, he really made winning look easy.

Jumping cleanly, Powell held him in third spot until they straightened. Kiss Your Song found the lead 200m out and quickly put the race to bed.

By the way, if anyone's counting, it was Baertschiger's 32nd win for the year. He is leading the Trainers' Premiership and yes, his father will be proud.

A race later, Arhat made his way to the winner's enclosure. And while it was not for the first time, it too was long overdue.

Indeed, it was a year ago that the six-year-old from trainer Michael Clements' yard last won a race. But just watching him yesterday it was clear that while he may have lost some races, he had not lost those navigational skills. Yes, he still knew where the winning post was and yesterday in Race 3, he put his head in front just when it mattered.

Ridden by Michael Rodd, Arhat marked time and tracked the leader, Panache, throughout that long back stretch.

Into the straight, he ditched Panache but, from the pack, O'What A Feeling (Matt Kellady) loomed dangerously. Stride for stride they went. Head up, head down. But Arhat, a winner of four races, knew when it mattered most and at the post, he got the verdict by a shorthead.


Friday's South Africa results 

RACE 1

1st 13 Samba With Suzie ($88-$20)

2nd 6 Incredible Tune ($10)

3rd 16 Wonder Woman $50

4th 12 Press Release

Forecast $138 Place Forecast (6-13) $33, (13-16) $160, (6-16) $67

Tierce No winner ($7,638 jackpot carried forward to next race)

Trio $2,647 Quartet No winner ($1,632 carried forward)

Scratching: 4 European Roller

RACE 2

1st 8 Voices Of Light ($10-$5.10)

2nd 3 Sixtythree ($6)

3rd 4 Coal ($8)

4th 7 Tarique

Forecast $4 Place Forecast (3-8) $3, (4-8) $6, (3-4) $4

Tierce $38 Trio $8

Quartet $79

Scratching: 5 Masterful

RACE 3

1st 11 Just Call Me Angel ($91-$17)

2nd 1 Zalika ($6)

3rd 2 Honey's Legacy ($9)

4th 3 Burgee

Forecast $38 Place Forecast (1-11) $12, (2-11) $22, (1-2) $4

Tierce $1,011 Trio $34 Quartet No winner ($760 carried forward)

RACE 4

1st 2 Tombodi ($19-$10)

2nd 10 Highland Captain ($11)

3rd 14 Tiger Warrior ($30)

4th 8 Warrior Poet

Forecast $30 Place Forecast (2-10) $12, (2-14) $52, (10-14) $87

Tierce $1,126 Trio $462

Quartet No winner ($954 carried forward)

RACE 5

1st 10 Lucky Lulu ($29-$10)

2nd 9 So Enchanting ($17)

3rd 1 Patchit Up Baby ($13)

4th 2 Peach Delight

Forecast $70 Place Forecast (9-10) $20, (1-10) $15, (1-9) $36

Tierce No winner ($2,282 carried forward)

Trio $188

Quartet No winner ($1,164 carried forward)

Results of Races 6 and 7 were not available at press time. Log on to www.turfclub.com.sg for the results.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'Kiss your song victorious'. Print Edition | Subscribe