Holy Grail found his own personal holy grail on Monday night at Kranji where he was an impressive winner of the $35,000 Open Maiden 1700 metres.
Coming from the back of the field, the four-year-old Thorn Park x Clarens gelding came wide, sprouted wings and raced away from the pack.
“He’s been building towards this win all year with three fourths, a second and now a victory,” trainer Bruce Marsh said. “A return to the polytrack was key to this success and it was a great ride by Vlad Duric. Vlad commented that he was surprised with just how quick his turn of foot was. It shows he is improving all of the time.”
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “We think he is a stayer of some promise. We were hoping to get him peaking for the Singapore Derby on the 9th of July but unfortunately it will come a bit soon for him.”
The plan now is to race on the 16th of July in a rating 67 1800 metres on the polytrack where he will get in with a low weight, and following that either on the 28th of July in a class 4, 1800 metres on the turf (which would suit with some give in it) or alternatively on the 30th of July in a class 4 1700 metres on the polytrack.
Says Albert, “He is coming into his own now and will get better with more racing. The Singapore prizemoney is just sensational – both those options are worth S$60,000.”