Veteran campaigner Superczar may not be a superstar but trainer David Hill wished he had 10 like him in his yard, especially after he brought up win No 10 on Friday night.
The ageing warrior (9yo) has not visited the winner’s enclosure in more than a year (last win scored on June 17, 2011), during which time he raced 14 times without success, but did sneak into the minors on the odd occasion.
After his last start (73rd run) three weeks ago when he turned in an eye-catching third in a 1600m race on Polytrack for first-time partner Alan Munro, the son of St Petersburg showed there was still plenty of fight left in him.
Superczar and Alan Munro on their way to victory in Race 8 on Friday night.
Repartnered by Munro in Friday’s $75,000 Kranji Stakes C race over 1700m on Polytrack, Superczar got his groove back thanks largely to a ten-out-of-ten ride from his British jockey.
Not one who likes to be cooped up on the rails, Superczar, who broke from the inside alley, was angled out for his run from the 800m in search of clear galloping room on the outside.
Lightning Thief (Danny Beasley), who had circled the field from the first bend to grab the lead 1200m from home, was still at the head of affairs turning for home, but looked like he was running out of steam as the swoopers started to descend all over the place.
Vaya Condios (Matthew Kellady) who had tracked up in a handy one-off spot from the outset, looked a big threat but the one-pacer was not making much headway.
All eyes were on the favourite Devonshire (Joao Moreira) who was starting to warm up to the task at the 300m, but was put out of business when a gap he was vying for suddenly shut off. Superczar ($41), who had been poking his head in front at that moment, pinged away once Munro pulled his whip through to his left hand to score going away by two lengths from the fast-finishing Tarankali (Soo Khoon Beng) with Knight Spirit (Stephen Baster) third another head away.
The winning time was 1min 45.98secs on the yielding track.
“He won the race when he started to work his way out from the fence from the 800m,” said Hill.
“Once Alan brought him to the outside, he just gets motoring and once he starts motoring he’s pretty hard to get past.
“When Alan pulled his whip to his left hand, he just went ‘whoosh’.
“He’s a very honest horse. When things are in his favour, he is very hard to beat.
“That’s his 10th win and he’s won more than $600,000 for us, which is not a bad amount of money at all. By the way, I own him too!”