Counting down to D day in Singapore

19 May 2013 Comments 0

As expected, Saturday morning’s trackwork did not send the media running to their keyboards, with most of the horses barely raising a sweat, except for Dasher Go Go(Jpn) who came flying down the turf track at full speed.

 

A six-year-old, the bay entire is an imposing individual and a beautiful mover. Morning after morning we have seen hints of what he is capable of, with steady canters that have promised much, but with no sign of any speed work on offer. When queried as to why Dasher Go Go has not had a breeze yet, assistant trainer Keiichiro Yasuda explained that back in Japan it is the norm to only breeze a furlong or two one day before the race.

 

Hence, the intrepid early risers lined the rail as Dasher Go Go finally made his appearance. Again, he proceeded round the track in his customary beautifully collected canter and one could be forgiven for wondering whether he was really going to sprint up after all. Yet approaching the final bend, the TV cameras showed an almost imperceptible increase in the speed of the big bay.

 

Cornering beautifully, Yashuda waited for Dasher Go Go to straighten up, before he finally open the throttle as he reached the 400m marker. The entire responded instantaneously, flying down the turf in an impressive display of sheer speed and power. Of the Krisflyer contenders we have seen so far, this was definitely the most dominant sprinting display and with the Australian speedster Bel Sprinter(Aus) still battling with dehydration issues, it will come as no surprise if Japan adds an International Sprint trophy to their collection.

 

Italian born Umberto Rispoli will be in the saddle on Sunday and having steered Rulership(Jpn) to victory in the Audemars Piquet II Cup in 2011, he is no stranger to the tight South East Asia tracks. Dasher Go Go may not be in the league of Japan’s champion sprinter Lord Kanaloa(Jpn) but he is spot on for Sunday’s Krisflyer and if this morning’s work is anything to go by he might prove very hard to beat.

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