A change in track surface and a slightly longer trip worked just as well for WONDERFUL PRINCE, who kept his unbeaten record intact in Race 9 yesterday.
After winning over 1,100m and 1,200m on the Polytrack in his first two starts, trainer Desmond Koh decided to step his charge up over a longer distance on turf to build the three-year-old's stamina progressively.
Despite meeting a fairly-strong bunch, which included the well-supported classy newcomer Alfonso, Wonderful Prince produced a nice turn of foot to beat Alfonso by one and three-quarter lengths in the $75,000 Graduation event over 1,400m on turf.
"The distance suited him a lot," said Koh, of his second winner of the day. His first was CASH DOT COM in Race 7 (see story below).
"I think he'll improve going a little further. He's always trained like a horse that wants middle distance.
"He was fresh first-up. We stole a couple of races with him but I thought, you know, that was the line.
"He has to find ways to go further, otherwise, it will be too sharp for him."
Koh said he started Wonderful Prince on the Polytrack for both his earlier races but he had to try the Wonderful Three Stable-owned gelding out on the grass and over longer distances.