The Iceman cometh under Logan's polish

A stable transfer is always a bit of a stab in the dark, but The Iceman’s maiden breakthrough at his very first start for trainer Donna Logan could not have come as a better stamp of approval the Kiwi handler was doing the right thing.

THE ICEMAN winning the MAIDEN
THE ICEMAN winning the MAIDEN Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Gracious as usual, Logan deflected the praise to The Iceman's previous trainer, Michael Clements, at the winner's circle, taking only the credit for continuing the good job begun with the Darci Brahma four-year-old.

The third-year Kranji trainer from Pukekohe is selling herself a little short in owning the feat of translating a seamless move into a first win in the one-time runner-up in nine starts.

She did her homework and was spot-on in her instructions to reigning Singapore champion apprentice jockey Simon Kok Wei Hoong for that run in Sunday's $20,000 Maiden race over 1400m.

"We've watched his races and I thought he was more of a chaser than a leader," said Logan who most notably trains Polytrack mile record holder Tiger Force for The Iceman's Thai connections.

"It's good to have another winner for Krit (Chisatteni of Falcon Racing No 7 Stable). I'm extremely happy to have a good one winning for them, especially when those horses have a first run for you, you just don't know how they will go.

"This one has been with us for only five weeks, and I have to say he came to us in beautiful order from Michael Clements and Chopsy (assistant-trainer Michael White). We just had to finish off the job.

"Mike is clearing up his stable for all the new horses coming through and we're happy to take these horses. We needed that win and finally we've got our first 2020 winner out of the way."

Eased back among the backmarkers from the start, The Iceman was never bustled up in the early stages with the ship steadied up by Titanium Force (Wong Chin Chuen) ahead of Barbarian (Benny Woodworth).

But once The Iceman ($26) was set in motion as he crept up along the inside rails to take the shortcuts home, the complexion of the concluding stages soon became clear-cut.

Taking a gap on the outside of the weakening Barbarian, The Iceman  didn't stop rolling, going on to salute by one length from Trafalgar (Vlad Duric), who to be fair, was a bit luckless from the top of the straight.  

Kept tight in a pocket by Barbarian, the Stephen Gray-trained galloper had to switch course more than once in search of a gap for most of the home straight. When it finally presented itself, the bird had flown, but the jury is out whether an uninterrupted run would have altered the results.

The last minor placing went to Titanium Force who managed to hold the fast-finishing Victory Joy (Azhar Ismail) off by a head. The winning time was 1min 23.9secs for the 1400m on the Short Course.

Kok, who is already at his sixth success for 2020, said the instructions were to let The Iceman find his own strides in the running.

"Donna told me to ride him where comfortable. I watched his past runs and I saw that he is best ridden quiet," said Kok.

"As he has a good turn of foot, I was not worried he was at the back of the field. At the 600m, I still had plenty in hand and he gave me a good feel when he went through the gap.

"When he went past CC Wong's (Chin Chuen) horse, he lost his confidence a little, but he was too good in the end. I think the two-kilo claim (55.5kgs to 53.5kgs) helped, too."

That maiden win at his 10th start has bumped The Iceman's earnings to around the $40,000 mark for the Falcon Racing No 7 Stable.


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