Classy Argentine-bred sprinter-miler MAGNETO showed he would be a horse to reckon with in the new season when he made a winning comeback in the $125,000 Kranji Stakes A race over 1,200m at Kranji on Sunday.
Ridden by regular partner Nooresh Juglall, the Footstepsinthesand four-year-old capitalised on his customary gate speed to jump from the widest alley and put half a body in front after 100m.
Huka Falls (Michael Rodd) and Happy Money (Barend Vorster), however, kicked up on his inside, to make the even-money favourite work even harder.
But Juglall did not relent and, though he did cut across a little sharply, he was able to find the plastic after 300m.
Once this hard part of the job was covered, Juglall could take a seat and allow his mount to come back under him, with Happy Money and Huka Falls still in close attendance.
With a lapful still under him, Juglall waited till the 400m mark to let down the handbrakes.
Huka Falls was the first to concede defeat, while Happy Money tried to conjure a counter-attack but to no avail as Magneto had already cruised away to a handsome lead.
Cavallo (John Sundradas) did put an indent into the margin but it was too little too late, as Magneto comfortably won by one and a quarter lengths.
Indian Jade (Craig Newitt) finished third, two lengths away.
The winning time was 1min 08.74sec for the 1,200m on the long course.
Following that sparkling display, trainer Patrick Shaw was quick to pencil in a start in the Group 3 Merlion Trophy over 1,200m, the first Leg of the Singapore Sprint Series, on March 15.