Quiet achiever Bel Sprinter gets ready to chime in Singapore

Singapore: Jason Warren could not be happier with KrisFlyer International Sprint hope Bel Sprinter but the group 1 winner has attracted little fanfare in the lead-up to Sunday’s $S1 million ($816,000) fourth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Nanjing Night Net

The gelding has ticked all the boxes according to his trainer yet locals Mr Big and Super Easy, Hong Kong’s four-time winner at group 1 level Lucky Nine, Dubai-based Kavanagh and Japan’s sole representative Dasher Go Go have all been spruiked more than the son of Bel Esprit.

Stablemates Super Easy and Mr Big have drawn barriers seven and eight respectively with most considering Super Easy to have a slight edge on Mr Big.

Mr Big’s navigation is in the hands of Corey Brown and the gelding is out to atone for his game second to Ato in last year’s Krisflyer. The four-year-old won his first race on this day in 2011 at start two and has never missed a place in 20 starts on home soil. It’s a compelling resume.

Super Easy’s local credentials are equally impressive, however. He arrived in the Michael Freedman yard after winning once (from five starts) in New Zealand and quickly turned heads at the start of his three-year-old season. The son of Darci Brahma saluted in each of his first 12 starts at Kranji and his record at 1200 metres is outstanding. Adding to his hype is that Brazilian wizard Joao Moreira is aboard.

Last time out on April 28, he won the Lion City Cup at group 1 level at Kranji with stablemate Mr Big a battling second after leading to the 200m mark.

As parochial as the locals might be, Hong Kong raider Lucky Nine (barrier three) is proven at the elite level. He snared the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December 2011 and many consider he will improve sharply on recent results on home turf.

The ”dark horse” in the field is Mike de Kock’s Kavanagh.

The South African-bred gelding has been sneaking around on outside tracks on trial mornings and will come in for support at odds. De Kock knows what it takes to get the job done.

And then there is Dasher Go Go. He’s not won for about 18 months, yet has been a consistent placegetter in good company at Nakayama, Kyoto and Sapporo in recent starts.

Italian Umberto Rispoli will partner Dasher Go Go for the first time and trainer Takayuki Yasuda has had a tremendous record in feature races. Last December, Lord Kanaloa snared the Hong Kong Sprint for Yasuda while Grape Brandy scored in the group 1 February Stakes at Tokyo.

So where does that leave Bel Sprinter? The back-room whisperers have found reason to tip away from the Aussie raider but he’s ready to run the race of his life.

Hugh Bowman is the right man, in the right place at the right time.

Despite the naysayers, it’s Bel Sprinter’s time to shine.

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