Duric back in the Kranji winner’s circle

Champion jockey Vlad Duric booted home on Friday night his first winner since coming back from his Royal Ascot ride on Lim’s Cruiser two weeks ago.

Ocean Crossing winning the OPEN MAIDEN
Ocean Crossing winning the OPEN MAIDEN Picture: Singapore Turf Club

At his first ride in England, the Australian finished unplaced (eighth) on the Stephen Gray-trained sprinter in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on June 22, but was not beaten that far off by Godolphin's Blue Point.

Duric rode at his first meetings back at his base last weekend, but could manage only two seconds (Beau Geste on Friday and Man Of Mystery on Sunday) as his best results from a small book of six rides all-up.

But the winning flair was right back one week later at his very first booking on Friday, Ocean Crossing, a galloper who was at his fourth time of asking with a debut second in a Maiden race over 1200m on February 3 as his best showing.

The two-time Singapore champion jockey, who currently tops the log with a comfortable margin, brought Ocean Crossing ($14) with a well-timed run to nab runaway leader and $13 favourite Grand Choice (Benny Woodworth) by a neck in the $20,000 Open Maiden race over 1200m.

Woodworth seemed to have taken the Daniel Meagher-trained son of Master Of Design off to an unassailable lead at the 300m, but Duric and Ocean Crossing had other ideas as the pair relentlessly whittled down the margin inside the last furlong.

With Grand Choice noticeably shortening stride inside the last 100m, it probably made Ocean Crossing's turn of foot look a little flattering, but Duric would not complain.

"He's a very genuine horse. He really wanted to win tonight," said Duric who was partnering the All Too Hard three-year-old for the first time.

"He was very well prepared. He had a few quiet trials and he ran a very good trial the other day, and I was happy to be on the horse tonight."

Duric was evidently pleased to be back in a place he last visited more than a month ago when he rang up a treble with Blue Hawaii, Time Lord and Jomo on June 1. The reason for the unusually long interval between wins for the ace rider was a three-day careless riding ban that saw him miss three Kranji race meetings, but returned just in time to ride in the UK.

"You can't put a price to the experience in England. It was great to see how things are done there," he said.

"It was wonderful to go away as well. It was a bit of a holiday to be honest – you need a break as you can't be at the top of your game all the time."

Raced by the Hong Kong-based Lucky Unicorn Stable, Ocean Crossing has made around $16,000 in prizemoney, an amount which is likely to swell further going with the smart way he opened his Kranji account on Friday.

Duric went on to score a hat-trick of wins when he took out the $30,000 Class 5 Division 2 race over 1700m with Official ($31), and the $50,000 Class 4 race over 1400m aboard Real Success ($20) in the Lucky Last, both for trainer Michael Clements.


Singapore Turf Club



Kranji

Friday, 05th July 2019

2
18:50
(local)

OPEN MAIDEN

Type: MDN
SGD $20,000
1200m TURF GOOD
2
18:50
(local)
SGD $20,000
1200m GOOD

OPEN MAIDEN

Type: MDN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. OCEAN CROSSING (AUS) 3yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - OCEAN BRIDGE (AUS)
VLAD DURIC
LEE FREEDMAN
$2.80
57.0kg
LUCKY UNICORN STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 2. GRAND CHOICE (AUS) 4yo G
MASTER OF DESIGN (AUS) - MISMANCH (AUS)
BENNY WOODWORTH
D MEAGHER
$2.60
57.5kg
TEAM CHEVAL & DAO RONG STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 3. LORD JUSTICE (NZ) 4yo G
SHOWCASING (GB) - DIVINITY (AUS)
SIMON KOK
STEPHEN GRAY
$5.20
54.5kg
TURF BLOODSTOCK SABAH STABLE
4th 1. LORD OF LIGHT (NZ) 4yo G
POWER (GB) - DANWOOD (AUS)
M FIRDAUS
MARK WALKER
$5.20
56.5kg
5th 9. JOYFUL ASPIRATION (NZ) 3yo G
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - CLOWN PRINCESS (AUS)
CALLAN MURRAY
L KHOO
$63.40
57.0kg
6th 12. GENERAL QIN (AUS) 2yo G
HAMPTON COURT (AUS) - SHE'S WARREGO (AUS)
SAIFUDIN ISMAIL
J O'HARA
$116.00
50.0kg

Sales Information

7th 11. COMECATCHME (IRE) 3yo G
CAMACHO (GB) - FOXTROT PEARL (IRE)
J AZZOPARDI
ZHAN LUN MOK
$117.40
54.5kg

Sales Information

8th 10. PEISHA GAIN (JPN) 4yo F
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - HELLO AGAIN (JPN)
CC WONG
HIDEYUKI TAKAOKA
$77.60
56.0kg
9th 4. WIRA SAKTI (AUS) 5yo G
GLOBETROTTER (USA) - VERNEAU (USA)
A SYAHIR
KY YOUNG
$56.60
54.5kg

Sales Information

10th 8. DEE MAK MAK (NZ) 3yo G
O'REILLY (NZ) - BEST COMMAND (AUS)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
MARK WALKER
$23.00
57.0kg

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11th 6. BELL AIR (AUS) 3yo G
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - KERR (AUS)
JOSEPH SEE
ALVIN TAN
$75.60
55.0kg

Sales Information

12th 7. CLARTON FORTUNE (AUS) 3yo G
WICKED STYLE (USA) - RISQUE (AUS)
I AMIRUL
KS TAN
$25.40
56.0kg

Sales Information