SINGAPORE - After five runs without success, trainer Laurie Laxon's Big Sequalo does seem to be running in some sort of form and must go into your notebook as a horse to follow.
Sent to the trials on Tuesday morning, the five-year-old Australian-bred led from go to whoa to register a smart time of 60.58sec for the 1,000m.
Ridden by TH Koh, Big Sequalo could have gone faster but was eased up close to home. Still, he won by almost four lengths.
Big Sequalo ran second on debut and was looked on as a good thing in his next start. However, when backed down to firm favourite, he finished down the course. A vet's examination revealed that he was lame.
After an eight-month break, he came back in June to run third to Greenback. He had two more unplaced outings before coming into Tuesday's trial.
TRIAL 1 (OFFICIAL)
1 Stiletto (C Brown) 2 Vitally Secret (K A'Isisuhairi) 3 General Conatus (WL Hu) 4 Eclipse Warrior (M Kellady)
Margins and time: Nk, 4, nk (1min 05.16sec).
Stiletto cleared the gates cleanly and led from Eclipse Warrior, who gave chase. Next came Vitally Secret and General Conatus. Eclipse Warrior, after looking like going to the front, was restrained and dropped into a clear second. Stiletto continued to lead. Vitally Secret was up there.
Into the straight and Stiletto led from Eclipse Warrior and General Conatus. That was the positions in which they finished a trial which didn't reveal any big secrets.
1 Big Sequalo (TH Koh) 2 Irish Rebel (J Moreira) 3 Soaring Win (KT Cheng) 4 Sure Win (M Nunes) 5 Bespoke (R Shafiq) 6 Bat King Margins and time: 3¾, 1¼, 3, 4½, 12¼ (1:00.58).
Big Sequalo, jumping from Gate 1, got going nicely and led from Soaring Win and Irsh Rebel. They were followed closely by Sure Win, Bespoke and Bat King. Nearing the 600m and Big Sequalo was a clear leader from Soaring Win and Sure Win. Irish Rebel was next.
Angling out for the run home and they were well strung out. Big Sequalo led comfortably from Soaring Win. Irish Rebel made a late bid but Big Sequalo was home and hosed. A good trial by the winner.