Racing: Holy Empire eyes Seventh Heaven

Racing: Holy Empire eyes Seventh Heaven
Holy Empire with A Munro astride leading a race at the Singapore Turf Club in Kranji.

Three wins on the trot and six in total. Add to that, two second-place finishes, a third and a fourth and what you get is a report card that is hard to top.

Anyway, that's HOLY EMPIRE for you. Gallant as ever and gutsy as they come, the four-year-old isn't done yet.

There's plenty of racing in that compact frame and, come Sunday, we should see him make it seven wins from 11 when he takes on a hugely-talented field in the EW Barker Trophy.

Sent out for a training gallop on Wednesday morning, Holy Empire showed trackwatchers that he was in the pink of health when he reeled off the 600m in in a leisurely - but smart - 39.9sec.

He had regular hoop, Alan Munro in the saddle - and no one knows the horse better. The Englishman has been in the stirrups in four of Holy Empire's six victories and he will be on the reins in Race 9 - a Singapore Group 2 sprint over the 1,400m.

Sunday's trot-out will also be Holy Empire's bid for four-in-a-row, having taken his hat-trick with a grinding win in the Saas Fee Stakes slightly more than a fortnight ago.

On the way to that victory, which was over the EW Barker Trophy distance of 1,400m, Holy Empire had twice before scored over that same distance. His other wins were over the mile, 1,200m and 1,100m.

That makes Sunday's trip right up his alley and, with trainer Michael Freedman, leaving no stone unturned in getting his charge tuned up and looking like a million bucks for Sunday's $350,000 assignment, Holy Empire looks the way to go.

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