Golden Brilliant served notice of his winning intentions with an mighty fine gallop at Kranji yesterday morning when he reeled off 600m in a smart time of 35.8secs.
From trainer John O'Hara's yard, the three-year-old chestnut should have already had a race win in the bag. However, a series of unfortaunate "incidents" put paid to his chances in his last two starts.
On Feb 16, when having his second outing, he played up before the start, dislodged his rider, David Flores, and had to be examined by the vet before being allowed to participate in that Weight-For-Age sprint over the 1,100m.
As if that bit of pre-race shenanigan wasn't enough to put him a little off-stride, Golden Brilliant didn't have the best of luck in the running and was held up for a run between the 500m and
400m of the sharp sprint.
It didn't do his chances any good and he eventually finished third, some one and a half lengths behind the winner, Himalaya Dragon.
Just for the record, Golden Brilliant was sent off as the $13 first favourite.
That was his second start at Kranji. Three weeks earlier, on debut, he again didn't get any favours in the running.