SINGAPORE - Brave Sister stepped up preparations for her maiden victory in Sunday's Achievement Handicap, a Maiden event over 1,000m, with an impressive trial at Ipoh on Tuesday.
Taken out by jockey Djulkifli Naib, the five-year-old Australian mare by Lago Delight easily beat stablemate Space Invader (Class 5 - 1,000m) in a 600m trial to clock 38.8sec.
The going was good.
Brave Sister, who arrived unraced in July last year, showed plenty of speed in her debut last month when she set the pace before going down by a neck to Ghost Speedy in the Stormvogel Handicap for Class 4 horses over 1,300m in heavy going in Penang.
Prepared by former champion trainer Kevin Coetzee, Brave Sister has benefited from the run and should go one better on Sunday.
Workouts by horses entered for Sunday
Class 4 - 1,600m: Good Recommend 37.9. Martel 36.7. Belwins (Amirul) 40.9. Luck Dragon (Tham) and Fiery Gambade (Lou Ho) 34, both in fine trim. Halo Inspire trot/39.8. Berni Dancer 44.1. Champagne Needed (Yap) 35.8, keenly. K-Pop (Amirul) pace work. Casper (Suhairi) pace work.
Slow work: Si Bravo (Lou Ho).
Class 4 - 1,600m: Carbon Copy 39.2, looking well. Coffeeshop Gossip 43.7. Double Ransom (Yan) trot/39.1, looking fit. Undoubtedly Clever (A Kumar) 34.6, impressively. Horizon Lad (Yap) 34.5, fighting fit. Rocket Express 44.3. Ali Baba, From Zero (Chua, Class 5 - 1,000m) and I Wish (CK Tan, Class 5 - 1,000m) trot/37.9. Mersing (Wepner) 39.4. Surprise Strike (Yan) trot/40.9. Big Ego 43.9. Eastern King (BN Kumar) pace work. Slow work: All Good (Lou Ho) and Ten Sense Win, looking well.
Class 5 - 1,000m: Bercham (Yan) and Handsome Bachelor (Class 5 - 1,000m) canter/39.1. Bring It On trot/41.9. Heart By Heart (Wan) and Blue Delago (Class 5 - 1,000m) canter/43.7. Papatol 34.6. Planck Time (Suhairi) went better than Hollywood Boy (Class 5 - 1,000m) in 38.7. Eastern Hero 39.1. Githan (Djulkifli) 44.1. Oil Town Captain (Woodworth) and Dirac (Maiden - 1,000m) trot/41.6. Smiley Face trot/35.8. Blessingindisguise, It's Only Money (CK Tan, Inglis Ready2race Sale Oct 3 Trophy - 1,200m) and Nothing To Lose (Chuah, Inglis Ready2race Sale Oct 3 Trophy - 1,200m) trot/42.4. Barrier practice: Sea Butterfly 34.5.
Slow work: Happy Surpriser.
Class 5 - 1,000m: Good Gift 44.1. Bale 44. Houston Rocket 38.1. Small Tiger, Luckynumberseven (Maiden - 1,000m) and Incredible King (Class 5 - 1,000m) galloped together with Small Tiger and Luckynumberseven clocking 36 while Incredible King dislodged trainer Wong Kong Fatt. Lord Collari finished slightly behind Grand Ello (Yusri, Inglis Ready2race Sale Oct 3 Trophy) in 34.9. Dusky Maiden 40. Gift's Dawan canter/36.8. Moving Forward trot/pace work.
Slow work: Time To Shine and Feared (Woodworth).