Masthead (3 c Written Tycoon – Balsamico, by Redpoute’s Choice) made an impressive debut in Singapore on Sunday night, running out the impressive winner of the $65,000 Graduation Stakes over 1000m on the Polytrack at Kranji.
Ridden by Joao Moreira, Masthead showed an impressive turn of foot before scoring by five-and-a-half lengths over Golden Beach ¬†with Andiko holding on for third a length-and-a-quarter back.¬†Now trained by Anthony Freedman, Masthead ran the 1000m journey in 58.88 secs under warm conditions.
The three-year-old colt came up from Australia with high credentials, with more than $600,000 in prizemoney to his credit, but as the winner of only one race when previously prepared in Melbourne, firstly by Freedman‚Äôs brother Lee and then by Anthony.
Masthead had run second to Sepoy in the Gr 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield and fourth to the same horse in the Gr 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill last year and at his last start before coming to Singapore had finished second to Soul in the Listed Kevin Heffernan Stakes over 1300m at Sandown.
‚ÄúThe important thing with him today was that he did everything right,‚Äù said Freedman.¬†‚ÄúHe could be a bit slow from barriers when he was trained by my brothers back in Australia and used to get further back than they wanted.”
He jumped well today and Joao was able to put him right up on the speed.¬†He‚Äôs going to derive a lot of benefit from that run and I wanted Joao to ride him all the way to the line.¬†He had only won the one race previously and I said to Joao to make sure he kept his mind on the job.‚Äù
Freedman said he was not sure whether he would head to the first leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge ‚Äì the Group 3 $200,000 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint over 1200m on March 30 ‚Äì with the colt.
He already has the unbeaten seven time winner Super Easy earmarked for that race.¬†‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a nice problem to have,‚Äù said Freedman of his large arsenal of three-year-olds.¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôm not sure which way we‚Äôll head with this bloke just yet. I‚Äôll see how he pulls up and have a talk to the owners.
‚ÄúThere are a few options available for him but we‚Äôll see how he does before we make up our minds.‚Äù