Get ready for an ‘Olympian’ ef­fort

The New Paper - - RACING - BRIAN MILLER

Trainer David Kok’s run­ner is fresh­ened up for vic­tory

Jockey Vlad Duric’s on a roll. With 66 win­ners so far this sea­son, you could say he’s off and run­ning in the Jock­eys Premier­ship and the tar­get of 100 win­ners for the year is still on the cards.

The Aus­tralian hoop has six rides in to­day’s eight-race pro­gramme and OLYMPIAN EA­GER, his mount in the fifth, looks out­stand­ing.

The son of I Am In­vin­ci­ble is an en­tire and he went un­der the ham­mer for $100,000. So far, and from just one race start at Kranji and three in Aus­tralia, he has al­ready paid off that pur­chase price.

DREAM START

Olympian Ea­ger had a dream start to his Sin­ga­pore rac­ing ca­reer. Af­ter two tri­als in early Novem­ber last year — both of which he won in style — his trainer, David Kok, sent him off to the races.

That was on Nov 27. Backed down to un­bet­table odds, Olympian Ea­ger duly obliged.

The race was over the 1,000m on the Poly­track. Cot­ton­woolled af­ter the win, we didn’t get to see him un­til he was sent to the tri­als on Aug 8. That day, he am­bled along, fin­ish­ing fifth be­hind Re­doubt.

Then, just last week and on a Tues­day morn­ing, he showed up again. Duric was on the reins and the four-year-old made it from go to whoa, run­ning the 1,000m in 61.01 secs.

The trial con­vinced me that there was no rust from the lay­off and that Olympian Ea­ger was good to go.

He takes on a cou­ple of good ones in Race 5 but I reckon, that win­ning trial would have smoothened out the rough edges and, with Duric opt­ing to stay in the sad­dle, he should be ready to make it two wins from two starts.

brian@sph.com.sg

TNP FILE PHOTOS

Olympian Ea­ger rac­ing past the grey Kratos on his Kranji de­but in an Ini­ti­a­tion race over 1,000m on Nov 27.

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