Nova Swiss bolts home in fastest time


Kranji bar­rier tri­als

There was a lot to like about all the five trial win­ners at Kranji yes­ter­day morn­ing.

All should be jot­ted down in your note­book.

But the one that re­ally siz­zled was trainer Al­win Tan’s Nova Swiss, who led all the way to clock the fastest time of the morn­ing, in 58.70sec for the Poly­track 1,000m and he did it charg­ing to the line as if there was no to­mor­row.

There was not a hint that the four-year-old was tired. He kept go­ing at full throt­tle and the rest were strug­gling to keep up. At the post, he beat Ma­jes­tic Mo­ments by three lengths.

He was rid­den by the rider who knows him best, three­time Sin­ga­pore cham­pion Ma­noel Nunes, who rode the ch­est­nut geld­ing to all his five suc­cesses.

Be­sides yes­ter­day’s trial vic­tory, Nova Swiss al­ready showed his re­turn to form with his sec­ond to one of Kranji emerg­ing stars, Countof­mon­te­cristo, in an Open Bench­mark 97 event. The win­ner clocked a fast time of 1min 10.76sec for the Poly­track 1,200m.

That sec­ond plac­ing on Aug 20 broke a se­quence of four un­placed out­ings, sig­ni­fy­ing that Nova Swiss has come right again.

The New Zealand-bred started his Kranji ca­reer promis­ingly, win­ning five races in a row — from Class 4 to Open Bench­mark 97, which is in ef­fect Class 1.

With his pro­found abil­ity, trainer Tan ob­vi­ously had high hopes on his ris­ing star.

He en­tered Nova Swiss in the Group 2 Mer­lion Tro­phy over the Poly 1,200m and what a race he ran. He was beaten only close home by sta­ble­mate In­fantry, who later won the Group 1 Emi­rates Sin­ga­pore Derby over 2,000m and, only re­cently, the Group 1 Pana­sonic Kranji Mile.

Now that he is back in form, keep Nova Swiss in your mind.


Nova Swiss (above, in one of his five vic­to­ries) led all the way in his trial at Kranji yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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