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Mr Big out of Longines Hong Kong Sprint
Craig Brennan
27/11/2012

Singapore will have just the two representatives in the Group 1 (approx) S$2.4 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m at Sha Tin on December 9.
 
The Michael Freedman-trained Mr Big was withdrawn from the race on Monday following a veterinary examination after his second placing behind Rapido Star in the Kranji Stakes A over 1000m last Friday.
 
This leaves Mr Big’s stablemate Super Easy and the Patrick Shaw-trained Ato as Singapore’s two representatives.


Mr Big seen winning on the Polytrack in August. He was meant to be one of three representatives
from Singapore in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin next month.

Freedman made the decision to withdraw Mr Big after the veterinary examination.
 
“There was some filling in a joint so I had him thoroughly checked over by the vets,” said Freedman.
 
“There’s nothing seriously wrong but I didn’t feel comfortable travelling a horse with the slight problem he has.
 
“It’s hard enough to win a race when you are 100% right, let alone an international race, and this is a setback that he just didn’t need at this time.”
 
Freedman added that he expects Mr Big to be right to resume trackwork next week and said he may turn his attention towards Malaysia.
 
The RM$1 million Malaysian Magic Millions Classic over 1200m at Penang on December 30 is in the back of Freedman’s mind for the four-year-old.
 
“We’ll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks,” said Freedman.
 
“We’ll look at that race in Penang as an option but that’s only if he’s back to being 100% in the next couple of weeks.”
 
Freedman reported he is happy with how Super Easy has bounced back from his sixth placing behind Lucky Nine in the Group 2 Longines Jockey Club Sprint over 1200m on November 18.
 
Super Easy is in the care of track rider Aimee Barnes in Hong Kong as Freedman goes about the business of preparing his team here in Singapore.
 
“He came through the run well and has maintained his condition since the run,” said Freedman.
 
“Aimee said he’s been doing everything right and is bucking his brands off.”
 
Super Easy lost the shoe from his near fore during the Jockey Club Sprint in which he was beaten three-and-a-half lengths.
 
Freedman also had the entire scoped after the race which revealed traces of blood in the trachea.
 
“The vet looked at him and didn’t see anything there to suggest that it affected his performance,” said Freedman.
 
“He’s had some treatment for four or five days after the race and is fine. If I didn’t ask for the scope we wouldn’t have even known about it.
 
“He lost a shoe from his near fore during the race which at that level certainly didn’t help, so to finish sixth, beaten three-and-a-half lengths, I was more than happy with how he went.
 
“It’s going to be tough but if he keeps progressing the way he has since the run then he should run well.”
 
Regular rider Joao Moreira, who was riding in an International Jockey’s Series in South Africa when Super Easy run in Hong Kong, will be back aboard the entire for his next outing.