After having to look for another jockey for TRUDEAU in Sunday's Group 2 EW Barker Trophy, trainer Bruce Marsh eventually teamed up with a rider he does not use all that often, despite him being hot property with most Kranji trainers - leading apprentice jockey A'Isisuhairi "Harry" Kasim.
Jockey Corey Brown rode both Trudeau and Daniel at their last starts, scoring a shock $308 win aboard the former in the Group 3 Garden City Trophy (1,200m) on Sept 15, while finishing a cracking second aboard Daniel for trainer Laurie Laxon in the last leg of the More Magic 3YO Championship (1,600m) on Oct 13.
But as he had to make a choice, the Australian hoop went for Laxon's exciting three-year-old in Sunday's handicap race.
Marsh, who has struck a successful association with Brown, having combined for seven wins, knows such switches are part and parcel of the horse-racing game, especially as most freelance jockeys like Brown are not tied down to any particular trainer in Singapore.
"It's like musical chairs, isn't it? Corey has decided to ride Daniel and that is his choice," said the Kiwi handler. "I was able to get Harry for the ride. He rode Trudeau once before.
"I couldn't be happier myself with the way my bloke is going, especially after he was gelded about a year ago. He's really improved since and showed it after that four-month break, when he won that feature race first-up.
"After that win, I did consider running him in the (Group 3) Saas Fee Stakes which is also over 1,400m, but I changed my mind as I was trying to play the handicap. I didn't want him to pick up too much of a penalty for the EW Barker Trophy."
After securing the services of A'Isisuhairi, who rode Trudeau at his second-last start when unplaced in a Kranji Stakes A race over 1,200m, Marsh was keen to get the boom apprentice jockey legged-up on Trudeau at his barrier trial on Tuesday morning where he finished fourth in a trial won by Goal Keeper.