Young guns make big noise

The New Paper - - RACING -

Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz and My Dream­liner serve no­tice for the fu­ture

Maiden races, which bring to­gether pre­co­cious young­sters — all highly strung and gung-ho for glory — nor­mally pro­duce good the­atre.

And on Sun­day at Kranji, the two “Maiden” races lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

In the process, they in­tro­duced us to two hand­some horses who, with nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion, should en­hance their rep­u­ta­tions in the sea­son to come.

Of the two — My Dream­liner and Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz — there was a touch of class sur­round­ing the vic­tory of Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz.

Trained by the great man him­self, Lee Freed­man, the three­year-old put in a dom­i­nant show when win­ning by al­most three lengths.

Rid­den by Craig Grylls — who was prob­a­bly hav­ing his last ride on the horse as he re­turns to New Zealand af­ter Sun­day, Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz truly toyed with his ri­vals.

Tak­ing the lead soon af­ter the start in the 1,600m race, he was al­ways go­ing too well for the rest. Or­dos Le­gend tried to make a race of it but the $9 favourite wasn’t go­ing to be de­nied his day in the sun.

In­deed, what ap­peared to re­sem­ble a chal­lenge soon fiz­zled out at the busi­ness end of things when Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz turned on the style to go away from the rest.

Freed­man didn’t seem overly en­thused. He must have known what his horse could do and he got what he ex­pected from the young­ster.

“He’s a promis­ing horse,” he said in the post-race in­ter­view. “The step-up from 1,200m to the mile wasn’t an is­sue. With that first run un­der his belt, we ex­pected a good run.”

Grylls was sim­i­larly pleased but not over-en­thu­si­as­tic. “He got away good and quickly put him­self into the race. He got some pres­sure from Or­dos Le­gend but he toughed it out.”

Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz has now won once and placed sec­ond once from two starts. Ex­pect bet­ter things in 2019.

Ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, My Dream­liner won on de­but and, like Irv­ing Lip­s­chitz, he did it from the front.

Jump­ing from the out­er­most gate in the 1,000m sprint, the KY Young-trained three­year-old quickly found the rails and, with CS Chin rid­ing con­fi­dently, he never sur­ren­dered the lead.

The race favourite, Fed­er­a­tion, put in an ef­fort but it was never go­ing to be enough. My Dream­liner would even­tu­ally pre­vail by 21/2 lengths.

Chin, a 33-year-old Malaysian, said: “He gave me a good feel. He’s got a good fu­ture and when he ma­tures he should go on to win longer races.”

A bar­gain buy at $8,000 as a wean­ling, My Dream­liner has al­ready started pay­ing for his keep. Ex­pect that bank bal­ance to grow in the new sea­son.

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My Dream­liner, a bar­gain buy at $8,000 as a wean­ling, has al­ready started pay­ing for his keep.

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