SINGAPORE - He might have been the second least-backed runner, but TRUDEAU staged a gigantic run to claim the scalps of the two big names in the $200,0000 Garden City Trophy in Race 8 at Kranji yesterday.
Ten-time winner Goal Keeper and nine-time winner and Hong Kong Sprint prospect Huka Falls were all the rage in the Group 3 feature over 1,200m on turf and their odds - $10 and $11 respectively - indicated it was going to be a two-horse affair.
It certainly looked that way until Trudeau came from the clouds to post a $308 upset with a runaway 1 ¾-length win. Goal Keeper finished second, half a length in front of Huka Falls.
High-riding jockey Joao Moreira got Huka Falls out in a flash to lead by slightly over a length from Goal Keeper, who took over command at the 800m mark by about a neck.
Trudeau, with jockey Corey Brown astride, was still second last, about six lengths behind.
Goal Keeper still held a slim lead over Huka Falls on straightening and the two horses kicked away from Meteor Mike, Davide and Masthead. Trudeau was still way back but taking the shortest route home.
As the two leaders were fighting tooth and nail, Trudeau started to unwind after being angled out for a run. The Bruce Marsh-trained four-time winner then unleashed a terrfic burst in the final 200m to sweet past the top duo to give Arexevan Racing Stable a surprising Group 3 success.
Marsh said the six-year-old had shown good form during his trial last Tuesday, when he finished third to Singapore Three-Year-Old Triple Crown winner Stepitup.
Said Marsh: "The horse was absolutely flying and Corey rode him in the trial on Tuesday and he said 'geez, he's just flying'. So we put him in a race and he had to fly.