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HINT SEALS A START IN THE GOLD CUP

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Reinvigorated stayer Hint is shaping as a genuine lightweight chance in the Singapore Gold Cup after he scored an impressive come from behind first-up win on Sunday.

Ridden by leading apprentice, R.Shafiq, the Reset six year old who had not raced since his last win under V.Sivan in a Benchmark 89 race over 2000m on the 29th July was ahead of only one runner at the 900m mark of the

$75,000 Class 3 Singapore Botanical Gardens Handicap (1600 M) but did an amazing job to pass 11 runners one after the other before scoring by a neck from the 5-4 favorite Lizarre (BArend Vorster) with Flaneur (V.Sivan) another half a length back in third place.

The strong tempo of the race and Shafiq's 3kg claim were important factors in the result according to trainer Steven Burridge.

"We put the apprentice on as he was resuming from a spell. We didn't want to punish him with too heavy of an impost first up" said Burridge.

He's a light framed type of horse who does not carry a lot of condition. He was only one kilogram up in body weight from his last win.

He had a hoof problem soon after he arrived in Singapore so we sent him to Malaysia for a while. We got him back and after gelding him he is a different horse.

He's done a good job and it looks like the Gold Cup might be the next race for him.

Run on the 13th November, the Singapore Gold Cup is the premier handicap race held on the local racing calendar.

Shafiq said Hint was a little one paced at the rear but once he called upon him he responded very well.

"He's a very nice stayer. I wanted to race midfield but he got a little crowded and I had no choice but to pull him back" said Shafiq.

Hint's win was greeted by a rapturous reception by the Arexevan Racing Stable but none louder than by one of the shareholders Mr.Robert Sim who screamed with delight when the payout for the Quartet bet was semophored at $25,288.

We have been working with Sivan aiming towards the Gold Cup but with the top weight in this race we opted for the claim said the happy Australian. i put Sivan's horse Flaneur in my Quartet. Thanks mate, you'll get to ride Hint next time in the Gold Cup.

One of the best away, Flaneur at 55-1 was the early leader before allowing a hard pulling Benji's Empire (Danny Beasley) to bolt away on his own. Flaneur moved up on straightening to fight out the finish with Lizarre but neither could contain Hint's superior finish with Aspen Heights (Vlad Duric) finishing in fourth place.

Hint is trained by Steven Burridge and owned by Arexevan Racing.

 

Hint winning a Class 3 1600M Handicap at Kranji on the 25th September,2011

 

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