Don't tell Wassiac he's getting long in the tooth. He won't believe you. And why should he? After all, there's still plenty of racing left in that seven-year-old frame and he showed it in no uncertain fashion when he won his trial at Kranji yesterday morning.
Kept fourth for the first 600m of the 1,000m hit-out, he only made his run when he neared the home turn. With jockey John Powell in the saddle, Wassaic easily took charge of things at the 250m mark and kept up a brisk gallop to beat El Milagro and Listen.
From the stables of Leticia Dragon, who saddled a really nice winner in Raise No Doubt on Sunday, Wassaic has been running some pretty good races recently and his last-start third to Gypsy Magic in a Kranji Stakes D sprint over the sharp 1,000m was an eye-opener.
Watch him over more ground because there's still a victory or two left in him.
HOW THEY RAN...
TRIAL 1 (OFFICIAL)
1. Just Name It
2. Brad (K Toh)
3. Scout Done (M Au)
4. McConaughey (D Beasley)
5. Best Life (I Santana)
6. One Dollar Better (M Kellady)
Margins and time: Ns, 2, ½, 7, ½ (1min 04.01sec)
Scout Done jumped best and easily put a half length on McConaughey and One Dollar Better. Just Name It was well in touch. Brad was next with the two-year-old Best Life last.
Passing the 600m and there were three leaders all in a line. Scout Done, One Dollar Better and Just Name It. Brad made a forward move to sit fourth. Into the straight and Just Name It poked his nose in front to lead from Scout Done. Brad continued his run wide out. It was tight on the line and Just Name It won that bob of the heads.
TRIAL 2 (TEST)
1. Alfonso (Toh)
2. My Barbarella (J Powell)
3. Splice (I Santana)
4. Mia (K A'Isisuhairi)
5. Riedel (R Shafiq)
6. Lively Dragon
7. These Streets (A Munro)
Margins and time: ½, 3¼, ¾, ½, 1¾, nk (1:01.96)
Alfonso, jumping from nearest the paint got going nicely and led narrowly from My Barbarella and Lively Dragon. Mia and Splice were eager to join that leading pack. My Barbarella was the first to clear the bend on the far side. She was hotly pursued by Lively Dragon and the pair were first to enter the stretch. Alfonso and Mia kept in touch.
With 300m to go, John Powell sent My Barbarella to a clear lead and drew away from the chasing pack. However, just when we thought it was safe to drop the glasses, Alfonso came with a sustained run next to the rails to win drawing away. The filly My Barbarella held on for second.