Trainer Michael Clements was full of praise for Golden Mission after he scored his second Singapore win on Friday night, but he was also giving plenty of kudos to the winning rider Nooresh Juglall.
The Zimbabwean-born conditioner heeded the Mauritian jockey’s advice after he jumped off at his last run when second to Sacred Crown in a 1100m race a month ago. The Argentinian-bred five-year-old has only a short burst, which means the engine should be left purring for as long as possible before letting rip.
The Clements-Juglall pair, who have already combined for two wins before (Twodollarmuppet and Spinning Success), took on board that hint at Golden Mission’s next start in Friday’s $60,000 Class 4 Division 1 race over 1200m – and they were rewarded with a slashing win from the son of Lucky Roberto.
Golden Mission (Nooresh Juglall) takes out Race 5 on Friday.
Parked by Juglall in a rearward position with plenty of cover for the first half of the race, Golden Mission ($21) still had a wall of horses in front of him upon entering the home straight. But the moment Juglall found a split at the 250m, there was no waiting anymore.
Though inclined to lay in and hoisting his head high, Golden Mission just exploded away the moment Juglall pushed the button, putting away the race in a few bounds to hit the line unchallenged.
Satellite King (Joseph See) ran second another 1 ¾ lengths away with Gold Line (Mohd Firdaus) third another short head away. The winning time was 1min 9.98secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.
“Nooresh rides very well and you get very good feedback from him, which is pretty handy for any trainer,” said Clements at the winner’s circle.
“At his last ride on Golden Mission, he came back and said the horse has a short burst at the end and the best way to ride him is not to let him go too soon.
“He rode him like that in a trial, wait at the last moment to let him roll, and it worked out good again tonight.
“He had a few horses in front of him, but Nooresh held him up as long as possible before letting him go.”
Clements, who was welcoming win No 30 for the season, hailed Golden Mission as a horse who can continue to rise through the ranks now that he had unlocked his real potential.
“He’s always shown ability, but he just could not pull it off. He’s come close up very often and has always found one or two better,” said Clements.
“We even tried blinkers on at his last start. I’m not sure whether it made any difference, but holding him for his run is probably the right recipe.”
Juglall said he was smiling at the 300m when he still had a lapful of horse under him.
“As I discussed with Mr Clements I was saving him for as long as I could. The horse had been pulling a bit in transit,” said Juglall.
“But when he found the gap, it was time to go. No looking back and he just fired away. Nice horse.”
Golden Mission was led in by not just his connections, the Brookby Stable at the winner’s stall, but by Juglall’s wife Chaaya and their two families who were visiting from Mauritius and included his parents, grandmother, younger brother Kishan (an apprentice jockey in Mauritius) father-in-law and sister-in-law.