SINGAPORE - A big pull in the weights paved the way to victory for MAKKURA in the Group 3 $200,000 Paititi Gold Trophy over 1,200m in Race 8 at Kranji last Sunday.
Ridden by Saifudin Ismail, the Laurie Laxon-trained five-year-old mare scored by 1¾ lengths from Mr Big (Corey Brown), with Speedy Cat (Manoel Nunes) a neck away third.
Handicapped at just 50kg, Makkura was in receipt of 9kg from the gallant runner-up, who tried his heart out after racing on a hot speed.
The 1,200m journey was run in 1min 08.85sec.
The pace was furious from the outset.
Sichuan Ruler (Oscar Chavez) was sent forward to lead from Mr Big, who was hunted on the inside after a slow beginning.
Makkura and Valevole (Barend Vorster) were settled next in line.
Sichuan Ruler still held sway as the field turned from home from Mr Big, with Makkura all ready to issue the big challenge.