Flying start for Heartening Flyer

Heartening Flyer lived up to his name when he got off to a flier on Sunday with trainer Michael Clements predicting bigger and better things for the colt post-race.

HEARTENING FLYER winning the RESTRICTED MAIDEN Picture: Singapore Turf Club

After two barrier trial wins put the writing on the wall, the Excelebration three-year-old certainly franked that impression from the way he was coasting in a handy spot in the $75,000 Restricted Maiden Division 1 race over 1200m.

Once he swept past the weakening leader Lady Fast (Marc Lerner), he looked a moral, but Brutus (Ruan Maia) would not give him peace inside the concluding stages.'

The $8 hotpot looked on the ropes as his lead was whittled down, but under Louis-Philippe Beuzelin's deft handling, he raised another gear to hold Brutus at bay by a neck.

The Shadow (Simon Kok Wei Hoong) took third place another 4 ½ lengths away. Heartening Flyer  ran the 1200m on Polytrack in 1min 11.84secs and was bringing up around $40,000 in prizemoney to the Tivic Stable, better known for their top sprinter Bold Thruster they also race with Clements.

Pleased with what he saw, Clements has already locked away Heartening Flyer's next outing.

"It was a nice game win. 1200m first-up is never easy for a young horse," said the Zimbabwean-born conditioner.

"I was really pleased with how he travelled, and up the straight, he kicked nicely. He was probably lacking in experience when he looked a bit lost once he hit the front.

"But when the other horse came up, he quickened up again. I have found a Novice race over 1200m on turf for him on August 16.

"He's a long-striding horse and in my opinion, such horses are more comfortable on grass."

Interestingly, that win has seen Beuzelin leapfrog over Maia to take second place on the Singapore jockeys' premiership. The pair were tied on 17 winners before the race.

Maia had a chance to hold his spot when Brutus came with a rush at the 150m, but despite his efforts, the Brazilian could not overhaul his French counterpart.

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