SINGAPORE - Jockey Ivaldo Santana, who lifted Stepitup on the line to get the verdict in Sunday's Colonial Chief Stakes, has not wasted any time resting on his laurels.
The Brazilian hoop was back in the saddle and on the training track yesterday morning when he was legged up on a mount which produced an exciting gallop.
ALL MY WAY, from the stables of Alvin Tan, was never off his bit when running the 600m in 35.4sec.
While the five-year-old hasn't yet been a headliner, he has notched up a win from his 12 starts at Kranji and he does look the type who should deliver another victory sooner rather than later.
The Australian-bred, who began his racing in March this year, began paying for his keep almost immediately when he cashed in cheques for his connections in his first two starts.
He ran a close third on debut to My Shine and, in yet another Initiation that same month, he finishied second to Pure Tactics.
An unplaced run followed but he brushed it off and scored in his fourth start, beating the likes of Sand Lane who, with Joao Moreira in the saddle, was sent off as hot favourite that day. The race was over the 1,200m trip on the Polytrack.
Then came the drought. He went three starts without making the board. What followed was two third placings and a second - all in Class 4. Alas, when we thought anotehr victory was forthcoming, All My Way plodded home in his next two outings.
In his defence, both were on the turf and over the slightly longer 1,400m - which wasn't exactly what the doctor would have ordered.
Well, All My Way gets the his way on Friday when he dashes over the 1,100m on the Polytrack.
Will it be win No. 2 in his 13th start? His connections would like to think so. But to get home ahead of the rest, he will have to contend with some smart ones - like the filly, FRANCES, and last-start winners ECLAIR SENSATION and HONEST TRUTH.
Still, All My Way showed on the training track yesterday that he is in good enough condition to run a bold race and, come Friday night - and if he gets Santana in the irons - make sure to to have him somewhere in your betting plan.
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