SINGAPORE - Mark down FARETTI as a certainty to follow the next time he faces the starter.
The four-year-old from John O'Hara's yard was touted as an extra good thing in his assignment last Sunday but was withdrawn on veterinary grounds when his blood result revealed some abnomality.
However, there was nothing amiss when he ran a cracker of a trial at Kranji on Thursday morning and, taking a line through that come-from-behind performance, Faretti does look like he is ready to open his winning account sooner rather than later.
An American-bred gelding by Tale Of The Cat, Faretti has already had three outings at Kranji and he put the writing on the wall in his last start on June 30 when he finished an excellent second to First Tothelign in a 1,200m race on the turf.
His previous outing was also rather decent.
That day, he came from near last to romp home fourth behind Supernova in a sprint on the Polytrack.
Faretti arrived in Singapore last October after six starts in the United States for a win, a second and a third.
His fourth Singapore start should be coming up soon. Wait for it - and watch out for Faretti. He certainly looks good for a win.
1 Magic Diva (S Sam) 2 Faaltless (J Powell) 3 Golden Mission (M Nunes) 4 Smart Idea (J Moreira) 5 Social Network (WH Lao) 6 Magic To Win (O Chavez) 7 Global Cast 8 Viva Panata.
Margins and time: 1, ¾, 3, nk, 2¼, 5¾, 2¼ (1min 00:67sec).
There were plenty of changeovers for the early lead. Smart Idea jumped best but surrendered the lead to Faaltless. No sooner had that happened when Magic Diva took over and led them as they made the bend on the far side. Global Cast was up there in touch, as was Faaltless. Golden Mission was last and content to stay there. When they turned for the run home, Magic Diva - who took the scenic route - held a slender lead over Faaltless and the pair settled down to fight it out. At the end of the 1,000m Magic Diva prevailed. She held off Faaltless to score a nice win. Golden Mission was doing his best work late. He took third.
1 Faretti (Moreira) 2 Secret Mission (Nunes) 3 Iluminado (M Kellady) 4 Benji's Rule 5 Xin Treasure (T Rehaizat) 6 Empire Bay (A Munro).
Margins and time: ½, 1½, hd, 1, ¾, 1¾, ½ (1:00.73).
Xin Treasure, jumping from his spot nearest the paint, got going fast and led from Den and Secret Mission, who seemed in a mighty big hurry to get to the front. Benji's Rule was another who showed early speed.
It was Secret Mission in front when they cleared the 600m. Faretti was some distance back - but moving nicely. Into the straight and Secret Mission had a huge lead over Benji's Rule, Xin Treasure, Empire Bay and Faretti on the extreme outside. With Secret Mission hanging out and proving to be a handful for Manoel Nunes, Faretti came into the picture. With big, bounding strides, he overtook Secret Mission close home. It was an eye-catching trial by the winner and must go into your notebook as a horse to follow in his next start.
1 Sure Win (Nunes) 2 Shen Kim 3 Orakei Korako (Moreira) 4 Moova Cash 5 Rocky Garden 6 Speed Mission (Munro) 7 Live Well (WL Tan).
Margins and time: 1½, nk, nk, nk, 7, ½ (1:01.34).
1 Dragon Force (D Beasley) 2 Beverly Hill (Nunes) 3 Lucky Strategy (Munro) 4 Happy Turn (M Zaki) 5 Genuine Bargain (P Dellorto) 6 Blazing Spur (Rehaizat) 7 Sing A Song (S Sam).
Margins and time: Nk, 5¼, 2¾, nk, 10¾, 7½ (1:01.64).
A good start which saw three horses - Genuine Bargain, Happy Turn and Dragon Force - trade blows for the early lead. Beverly Hill was also up there. Eventually it was Beverly Hill who led when they cleared the 600m marker. But it was still tight. Dragon Force and Genuine Bargain were still in it. Happy Turn and Lucky Strategy were close to that forward group. As they angled out for that run home, Beverly Hill and Dragon Force dropped off Lucky Strategy and they settled down to fight it out. In a head-bobber of a finish, Dragon Force just lasted it out. Beverly Hill was a good second with Lucky Strategy a long third.
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