Petite Voix bolts home

Petite Voix making it a one-horse affair in Race 4 with jockey Michael Rodd astride at her third start at Kranji last night.
Petite Voix making it a one-horse affair in Race 4 with jockey Michael Rodd astride at her third start at Kranji last night.ST PHOTO: SALWA SUANDI

The Lee Freedman-trained 4YO mare makes it third-time lucky with the aid of blinkers

With the dreaded second-run syndrome behind and a set of blinkers to perk her up, Petite Voix made it third-time lucky at Kranji last night.

It was certainly a different Petite Voix, with the vast improvement and the aid of the new gear, as the Lee Freedman-trained and Arexevan-Small Voice Stable-owned four-year-old mare hammered her Maiden rivals by 21/4 lengths in Race 4.

In the process, Petite Voix set a new class record of 59.40sec for the Poly 1,000m, eclipsing Sun Pioneer's 59.64sec.

Costing only A$5,000 (S$5,000) as a yearling, Petite Voix did quite well in Australia, finishing second three times from six starts. She showed promise in her Kranji debut but overraced a bit to finish third.

That impressive run made the small bay mare the $8 favourite second-up but she faded to finish seventh after setting the pace. She veered in at one stage of the Polytrack 1,100m event.

It was back to the drawing board. The decision to fix the blinkers was made and Petite Voix finished a good second in her trial with the gear with a new rider, Michael Rodd, replacing Daniel Moor, who was aboard in the mare's two earlier starts.

The confidence was there last night, as Petite Voix overtook Sun Fei as the favourite and ran like one.

Rodd parked the mare just behind $82 outsider Vistara and got to work once they straightened. He got Petite Voix to the front easily at the 300m mark and, from there, it was all about one horse. Petite Voix beat Raptor to pay $13 for a win. Sun Fei ran third.

Earlier in Race 2, there was high drama when the favourite Theagensofthasos charged through the gate in the Restricted Maiden event over 1,400m, triggering a false start. Jockey Ryan Curatolo was also dislodged from that horse.

A few riders realised it was a false start and started easing up their mounts. But the rest rode on.

Racecaller Nicholas Child felt something was amiss, saying: "Can't possibly be a race, we'll call it anyway."

After going with the pace, Foresto, ridden by Glen Boss, went on to "win" the race.

All the riders were called into the Stewards' Room, with some riders saying they heard the false start siren.

Acting under a racing rule, the race was declared void and all bets were refunded.

Foresto would have been Freedman's first leg of a double.


Friday's South Africa results

RACE 1

1st 7 Tune The Scope ($16-$6)

2nd 1 Emerito ($10)

3rd 6 Pomaceous ($6)

4th 5 Little Drummer Boy

Forecast $35

Place Forecast (1-7) $11, (6-7) $3, (1-6) $8

Tierce $150

Trio $21

Quartet $1,307

RACE 2

1st 1 Supreme Winter ($8-$5.10)

2nd 9 Jimmy Twist ($8)

3rd 2 Sunny ($8)

4th 7 Sheru

Forecast $6

Place Forecast (1-9) $3, (1-2) $4, (2-9) $5

Tierce $22

Trio $7

Quartet $15

RACE 3

1st 7 Velvet Thunder ($37-$10)

2nd 1 Countess Cantabria ($10)

3rd 9 Elusive Fountain ($10)

4th 13 Tree Of Life

Forecast $42

Place Forecast (1-7) $13, (7-9) $13, (1-9) $12

Tierce $750

Trio $41

Quartet No winner ($156 jackpot carried forward to next race)

Scratchings: 2 Estimet, 14 Wait A Sec

RACE 4

1st 2 The Dictator ($72-$14)

2nd 6 King Of Fortune ($16)

3rd 3 Conquering King ($7)

4th 9 Call The Chief

Forecast $154

Place Forecast (2-6) $33, (2-3) $13, (3-6) $16

Tierce $2,190

Trio $191

Quartet No winner ($680 carried forward)

RACE 5

1st 6 Union Jack ($17-$10)

2nd 1 Stormy Eclipse ($14)

3rd 5 Afrikaburn ($6)

4th 9 Paper Town

Forecast $19

Place Forecast (1-6) $10, (5-6) $9, (1-5) $14

Tierce $97

Trio $27

Quartet $887, ($959 carried forward)

RACE 6

1st 4 Kiftsgate ($20-$8)

2nd 8 Zevenastic ($16)

3rd 9 Valentinik ($21)

4th 7 Cock-A-Hoop

Forecast $45

Place Forecast (4-8) $13, (4-9) $21, (8-9) $74

Tierce $752

Trio $196

Quartet $1,997, ($1,644 carried forward)

RACE 7

1st 3 Star Burst Galaxy ($27-$9)

2nd 2 Beataboutthebush ($8)

3rd 1 Via Seattle ($9)

4th 5 Secret Star

Forecast $20

Place Forecast (2-3) $6, (1-3) $19, (1-2) $14

Tierce $170

Trio $43

Quartet $534

Scratching: 6 Our Destiny

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Petite Voix bolts home'. Print Edition | Subscribe