1 March 2018

Harry keen to get Buzz back

Jockey A’Isisuhairi Kasim is not sorry to see the back of February.

The former two-time Singapore champion apprentice jockey had not ridden a single winner in that month. To pile more misery on him, he was also rubbed out for two weeks for careless riding aboard Panache.

The downslide is in stark contrast to his flying start in early January. A’Isisuhairi, or ‘Harry’ as he is better known, was even the early lamplighter when he rang up a riding double (Eclipse Splash and Sahara Eagle) on January 7, to sit on top on three winners, not to mention he even annexed the first feature race on the calendar, the Group 3 New Year Cup (1200m) aboard Speedy Dragon.
But the realistic rider knew that sooner or later he would come back down a few spots, even if he was at least hoping for a few more winners to keep the momentum building up.

Returning from his suspension this Sunday, A’Isisuhairi (now in 13th spot) is confident he can regroup and reboot, especially aboard a newcomer who has made quite a few sit up and take notice in the last few weeks – Ol Mate Buzzer for trainer Young Keah Yong. He has also picked up the rides aboard Cliff Brown’s resuming Mr Fatkid, another debutant in Arctic Flow and Greatballs Of Fire, both for his old boss Steven Burridge.

It is, however, obvious A’Isisuhairi is pinning his brightest hopes for the win-counter to show ‘four’ on Ol Mate Buzzer, an O’Lonhro four-year-old raced by Young in partnership with one of A’Isisuhairi’s regular supporters, the Premier Racing Stable.

“It’s been a bad month of February. I don’t want to talk about it, I’m just glad it’s behind me,” said A’Isisuhairi.

“Leading for a couple of weeks was nice, but I was not too fussed over it. I just want to keep riding winners, but the win counter had frozen at three.

“But I’m counting a lot on this new horse of Ah Young’s, Ol Mate Buzzer. I rode him at his second barrier trial whereas Benny Woodworth rode him at his first trial.

“He won with me by five lengths. He did it easy and impressive after sitting outside the leader (Lim’s Keyway) before leaving him behind in the straight.

“His gallop yesterday was also very good. Obviously, it’s his first run here, but he seems to have done everything we’ve asked of him, even if he can be a bit of a thinker.

“But that’s okay. He will get better with more race experience but I sure am pretty keen to see how he goes on Sunday.”

Ol Mate Buzzer (known as O’Susie’s Boy in Melbourne) came as an unraced to Kranji but also carved up his opponents at his only barrier trial in Australia, winning by seven lengths on the synthetic track at Cranbourne on June 5, 2017.

Young remained cautious about his new charge’s winning prospects first-up even if the signs point to a forward debut.

“He’s done everything right since he came to me. He trialled very well with Harry,” said the first full-season trainer who has two wins on board this year.

“It remains to be seen what he will do on raceday. His barrier 11 doesn’t help his cause, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

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