It was truly a long wait between drinks for the connections of Horizon Stable. But their perseverance paid off handsomely when DAWN PROSPECT starred in Race 3 at Kranji on Sunday afternoon.
He didn't just salute the judges. From the ease of his victory, you could say he doffed his hat at the opposition - cruising in by two lengths, with his jockey R Shafiq looking a picture of confidence.
Dawn Prospect garnered a fan base when he won on debut - beating Star Rainbow in an Initiation race way back in March this year.
However, those early signs of promise seemed to diminish and his six subsequent starts leading up to July produced nothing.
That said, he cashed in some nice cheques when he placed second and third in August. And, in his last start, when fourth behind Humor Town, he left the writing on the wall that another win was forthcoming.
The punters sent him off as first favourite in Sunday's Kranji Stakes D race over the 1,200m sprint trip.
They were duly rewarded when the Michael Freedman-trained four-year-old won with plenty of suthority.
After jumping well, Shafiq tucked him in second spot, allowing REAL STEEL to attempt a land-speed record with his breakaway tactic.
Dawn Prospect, who was always travelling well, hit the front 250m from home when Real Steel capitulated.
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