Trainer Steven Burridge was the first to admit he made a blue when he saddled former Victorian Dalgety at his Singapore debut on January 7.
After watching the Domesday four-year-old’s past races which included one win on a heavy track at Sandown, the Australian handler declared blinkers as the headgear.
They were actually visors, which he mistook as blinkers in the TV replays. As a result, Dalgety beat one home in the Class 4 Premier race over 1400m.
Dalgety (Glen Boss) clears out for a facile victory in Race 3.
When Burridge realised his blunder, he quickly took corrective measures at his next start in Tuesday’s $45,000 Class 4 Non Premier race over 1600m: Visors were slapped on without further ado.
The difference was like night and day. While he was outpaced throughout at his debut run, he settled in midfield before rapidly closing in on leader and even-money favourite Amazing Man (Noh Senari) upon straightening.
Jockey Glen Boss gave a few shakes of the reins and Dalgety ($47) was off and gone. The Lucky Stable-owned galloper dashed clear to score by a widening margin of 4 ½ lengths over Amazing Man with Billy Britain (Michael Rodd) third another 1 ¼ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 35.56secs for the mile on the Long Course.
“When I saw the replays, they looked like blinkers to me! They didn’t have that side cut that visors have,” said Burridge, who with that win consolidates his current lead on the Singapore trainer’s premiership on six wins, one clear of John O’Hara.
“It’s only when I read they were visors that I realised why he ran so badly. Even Daniel Moor, who won on him in Melbourne and rode him at his first run here, said he was disappointing.
“But the visors switched him right back on tonight; he was a lot better. Maybe he also needed the run and more distance, and that’s why I also gave him more long work.
“The field was also weaker tonight but he’s definitely an up-and-coming horse, very promising.
“Wade (son) was the one who bought him for the Lucky Stable. He bought him for the Derby but he still has some way to go.”