Singapore Racing - Weekend Review - Maia Steals The Show

Brazilian jockey Ruan Maia stole the show at Kranji on Sunday, booting home seven winners across the 14 racecard program.

The two-time Macau Champion jockey began his one-year licence in Singapore back in January, but began riding in Sao Paulo in 2006.

A career that has already amassed over 550 winners, Maia has quickly made Kranji home, having ridden four winning doubles prior to Sunday.

Maia landed the first three races on Sunday aboard El Chapo, The Mareeba Mango and Moon Face before running hot at the back end of the card, claiming four of the last six races.

While hard to pinpoint his best ride, his effort aboard Elite Power was certainly up there, throwing him over the line to land the four-way photo.

Not since the likes of Joao Moreira have Singapore racegoers witnessed such an impressive feat.

In September 2013, Moreira rode eight winners and no doubt would have gone close to riding the card, had it not been an apprentice only race.

All in all, Moreira collected eight winners from eight rides, something I don't think we'll ever see repeated.

In an interview Maia told Mike Lee that Moreira had messaged him to congratulate him on his achievement.

"Moreira texted me and sent me his congratulations. Of course, I know of his eight-from-eight here, and I did think of that when I won the last race," Maia said. 

Singapore Jockey Premiership
Singapore Jockey Premiership

Maia now trails Duric by 10 in the Singapore Jockey Premiership, though he is not getting too carried away.

"But you know, riding seven winners is nice, but it's more important to keep working hard and getting the opportunities," Maid said.

"I am a bit closer to Vlad now, but to be honest, I don't think too much about it. I just let things come naturally."

EXCELLING winning the MERLION TROPHY GROUP 2
EXCELLING winning the MERLION TROPHY GROUP 2 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Star sprinter Bold Thruster was surprisingly turned over ($1.30) in the Group 2 Merlion Trophy [1200m], but it highlighted one of the stronger form races we've seen in some time.

The Class 2 event won by Surpass Natural on the 26th of July has produced three subsequent winners - Excelling (5th) , Aramaayo (3rd) & Elite Power (2nd), while Surpass Natural also finished third in the Merlion Trophy.

Interestingly two of the three winners stepped up in grade at their next outing, Aramaayo the most notable when taking out the Group 1 Kranji Mile.

As for Bold Thruster, you just get the feeling he may be better over further now.

He won over 1400m at both starts prior to a break and was certainly doing his best work late.

Conceding a fitness edge is never easy and while well treated under the WFA conditions, I wouldn't be dropping off him just yet.

The main problem being whether the market will drop off, he was very short on Sunday and that SP should anchor him at his next outing.

Either way he is an interesting horse to approach as you know he is much better than the bare form displayed on Sunday.


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Kranji

Sunday, 23rd August 2020

12
17:30
(local)

MERLION TROPHY GROUP 2 (SGG2)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
SGD $250,000
1200m ALL WEATHER STANDARD
12
17:30
(local)
SGD $250,000
1200m STANDARD

MERLION TROPHY GROUP 2 (SGG2)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 6. EXCELLING (AUS) 6yo G
MANHATTAN RAIN (AUS) - PRINCESS RUHIE (AUS)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
LEE FREEDMAN
$30.10
57.5kg
DAVID LEE FREEDMAN

Sales Information

2nd 1. BOLD THRUSTER (AUS) 5yo G
TURFFONTEIN (AUS) - AELIA CAPITOLINA (NZ)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$1.30
57.5kg
TIVIC STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 4. SURPASS NATURAL (AUS) 5yo G
ELVSTROEM (AUS) - LOMINATA (AUS)
JUAN PAUL VAN DER MERWE
LETICIA DRAGON
$8.40
57.5kg
SKY EYE STABLE
4th 2. SKYWALK (NZ) 7yo G
BATTLE PAINT (USA) - DAYSTAR (NZ)
VLAD DURIC
J PETERS
$8.40
57.5kg

Sales Information

5th 7. AUGUSTANO (AUS) 6yo G
HARD SPUN (USA) - LADY OF LETTERS (AUS)
SIMON KOK
LEE FREEDMAN
$40.40
57.5kg

Sales Information

6th 3. ZAC KASA (AUS) 6yo G
RESET (AUS) - UNABATED (AUS)
R MAIA
CLIFFORD BROWN
$14.80
57.5kg

Sales Information

7th 9. BE BEE (NZ) 6yo G
SHOWCASING (GB) - MY OTHER WOMAN (AUS)
MATTHEW KELLADY
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$45.60
57.5kg

Sales Information

8th 8. RIVER RADIANCE (NZ) 5yo G
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - OPTIONS (NZ)
MARC LERNER
ZHAN LUN MOK
$26.70
57.5kg

Sales Information

9th 5. MY DREAMLINER (AUS) 5yo G
DREAM AHEAD (USA) - FLY TO THE MOON (AUS)
I AZHAR
KY YOUNG
$53.80
57.5kg

Sales Information

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