Derby beckons for Easy Does It

Easy Does It had to win Friday’s $50,000 Class 4 race over 1600m to keep his Derby dreams alive – and he rose to the occasion in style.

Easy Does It winning the CLASS 4
Easy Does It winning the CLASS 4 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

With talented apprentice jockey Simon Kok Wei Hoong in the irons, the son of Super Easy was in a striking position right from the start.

Dropped into the box seat, he always had leader Cracking Tottie (Ben Thompson) in his sights before popping up as the main threat when he was peeled off for his run at the corner.

He did, however, glance past Shadow Speed (Daniel Moor) twice in the process, but once he was on the straight and narrow, he responded to Kok's urgings to peg Cracking Tottie back and sustain a powerful gallop to the line.

On the line, Easy Does It  had three-quarter length to spare from a very gallant Cracking Tottie with Yulong Sheng Long (Matthew Kellady) third another 1 ¾ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 36.18secs for the metric mile.

With trainer Stephen Gray having jetted back to England to put in the finishing touches to Singapore sprinter Lim's Cruiser's prep towards a second tilt at a race there (either the Group 1 Darley July over 1200m at Newmarket on July 13 or the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over 1400m at Goodwood on July 30), it was his wife Bridget who deputised for the post-race debrief at Kranji.

"He's a nice horse. He should have won first-up (from an 18-month spell), but he got checked," said Gray.

"Steve has always thought well of him - since he was a three-year-old. He had to win tonight to make it for the Derby and he's done it well.

"It was his first time over the mile and on the way he finished off, he should be able to see out the 1800m as well."

The Group 1 Singapore Derby (1800m) is the third and final Leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge and will be run on July 21.

Kok said getting thrown onto horses like Easy Does It makes his job easier, and that gelding certainly lived up to his name throughout the race.

"He's a horse who has good speed and can switch off and relax," said the Ipoh-born rider.

"There was a solid pace to the race and it suited him nicely. I just made sure I didn't use too much petrol at the beginning and in the middle stage.

"He hit the line strongly and I think the three-kilo claim helped him, too."

With that third success, Easy Does It has now taken his prizemoney past the $110,000 mark for the Easy Does It Stable, a syndicate made up mostly of New Zealanders.


Singapore Turf Club



Kranji

Friday, 05th July 2019

5
20:20
(local)

CLASS 4

Type: RBH44-61
SGD $50,000
1600m TURF GOOD
5
20:20
(local)
SGD $50,000
1600m GOOD

CLASS 4

Type: RBH44-61
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. EASY DOES IT (NZ) 4yo G
SUPER EASY (NZ) - NOVA (NZ)
SIMON KOK
STEPHEN GRAY
$4.40
56.5kg
EASY DOES IT STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 12. CRACKING TOTTIE (NZ) 4yo M
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - PALOS DE LAGO (NZ)
BEN THOMPSON
CLIFFORD BROWN
$6.40
51.5kg
CRACKING TOTTIE STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 13. YULONG SHENG LONG (AUS) 5yo G
PENDRAGON (NZ) - REGLISSE (NZ)
MATTHEW KELLADY
STEVEN BURRIDGE
$11.20
52.0kg
YU LONG STABLE

Sales Information

4th 4. HIGHER SOUL (JPN) 8yo M
HIGHER GAME (JPN) - SWEET SOUL (JPN)
CC WONG
HIDEYUKI TAKAOKA
$6.40
56.0kg
5th 10. PENNSYLVANIA (USA) 5yo G
THE FACTOR (USA) - SEEKING LUCK (USA)
S SHAFRIZAL
J TAN
$6.00
50.5kg

Sales Information

6th 6. BLITZ POWER (NZ) 4yo M
IFFRAAJ (GB) - ALWAYS HAPPY (USA)
J AZZOPARDI
BRUCE MARSH
$6.40
53.0kg
7th 9. HUMDINGER (NZ) 7yo G
ROAD TO ROCK (AUS) - HER HIDDEN TALENT (NZ)
N ZYRUL
BRUCE MARSH
$38.00
49.5kg

Sales Information

8th 5. VALUE OF JUSTICE (AUS) 6yo G
DALIAPOUR (IRE) - AMATILA (AUS)
JUAN PAUL VAN DER MERWE
LEE FREEDMAN
$62.60
53.5kg
9th 7. I AM INVISIBLE (NZ) 4yo G
BATTLE PAINT (USA) - KEEPNTIME (NZ)
CALLAN MURRAY
ZHAN LUN MOK
$32.80
53.5kg
10th 3. SHADOW SPEED (IRE) 4yo G
DABIRSIM (FR) - ASCOT MEMORY (IRE)
DANIEL MOOR
ALVIN TAN
$7.60
57.0kg

Sales Information

11th 11. YULONG DREAM (IRE) 4yo G
OASIS DREAM (GB) - NUR JAHAN (IRE)
Z ZURIMAN
L KHOO
$59.40
51.5kg

Sales Information

12th 2. WELL BRED (JPN) 7yo G
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - ADORED (IRE)
S NOH
HIDEYUKI TAKAOKA
$33.60
57.5kg
13th 8. LIM'S RHYTHM (NZ) 4yo G
ROCK 'N' POP (AUS) - PAIXANITO (NZ)
BENNY WOODWORTH
MARK WALKER
$19.20
53.0kg