Racing: Challenger looks Perfect

SINGAPORE - Impressive last-start fourth place getter PERFECT CHALLENGER did a perfect hit-out at Kranji Tuesday morning.

Ridden by Oscar Chavez, the Alwin Tan-trained striking-looking threeyear- old with the prominent thin blaze breezed over 600m effortlessly.

After warming up with a lap of cantering exercise on the Polytrack, he picked up momentum in his second lap and sped over the final 600m in 35.4sec.

The going was good.

The New Zealand-bred pulled up on his toes and without raising a sweat. Sparingly raced, he has had only three starts for two fourths and a third.

His last-start performance was most pleasing.

If not for running into all sorts of trouble (crowded, eased and unbalanced, among other incidents), he would have finished much closer than the 4¾-length margin behind the winner, Savage Storm.

That was over the Polytrack 1,200m on Oct 4.

Now that he has been freshened up and working well, Perfect Challenger can be counted on to take the Restricted Maiden event over 1,400m on turf on Sunday.

Trainer Brian Dean's POTLUCK has also been burning up the track.

He looked well last week and on Tuesday he did a winning gallop in 38.2 in the company of a stablemate.

Ignore his last two unplaced efforts.

He is capable of a better showing.

Only three runs back, he won his second race.

While some will bail out, you can jump in when he tackles Sunday's Class 4 Div 1 race over 1,400m on turf and expect a good payout.

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