31 January 2019

Tougher task for Absolvido this Sunday

It won’t be so easy for Absolvido to pull off the three-in-a-row this Sunday, but trainer Steven Burridge said it was still doable as he could not fault his charge’s condition and prep ahead of the $70,000 Class 3 race over 1200m on Polytrack.

“He’s going up in class, but he’s also come down in weight,” said the Australian handler.

“He’s drawn wide (13) but he is a horse who gets back, anyway. If the race is run to suit, he will be a factor, but if it’s not run to suit, it’ll be a bit hard for him.

“Hopefully, he can measure up.”

A true run race will work in Absolvido's favour on Sunday.

Raced by the Premier Racing Stable, Absolvido, a five-year-old by Rip Van Winkle, was simply irresistible at his last two starts in Class 4 company on the same course and distance as Sunday’s.

Dropped back to last, as is his regular racing pattern, he powered through the field to land the spoils in the style of a horse who still has plenty left up his sleeve.

Interestingly, Absolvido was partnered by two different jockeys at the two victories, the bang-in-form Noh Senari and Burridge’s apprentice jockey Simon Kok Wei Hoong, on whom Burridge proudly gave the latest update on his Tasmanian adventure.

“Simon won a race (on Gee Gees Liberty) in Launceston yesterday. That’s his fourth!” he said.

“He’s going all right there. I think there is a big race coming up and he may get a ride with his light weight.”

Kok is currently spending three months honing his craft further in Hobart, following a deal between the Singapore Turf Club and Tasracing. He is on loan to the Brighton training partnership of Leon, Dean & Trent Wells, who supplied three of his four wins.

With Noh unable to make 54kgs, Absolvido, which means acquitted in Portuguese, will have Australian jockey Ben Thompson in the saddle.

Off to a very good start to the new season, sitting in fourth spot in a bunched-up group of five trainers on four winners, Burridge will, however, not be the busiest trainer at Kranji this weekend.

The former jockey has only two other runners on Sunday, Sonoran (Race 1) and Lim’s Pershing (Race 7), both each-way chances. On Friday, he saddles a trio as well – Moritz Eclipse, Glasgow and Lim’s Revent - but all entered in the same race, the $70,000 Class 3 race over 1400m.

With the race at 9.25pm, he can enjoy a nice dinner at home before making his way to the track, but he sounded rather sceptical about making it a fruitful trip.

“It’s a strong race. It’ll be tough for my three horses,” he said.

“Glasgow is up in class and is drawn out (13), Lim’s Revent will struggle even if he has drawn nicely (3).

"Moritz Eclipse didn’t run very well at his last start, even if he got shuffled back. He is probably not up to this class, but he did win on this trip last year, on a wet track.”

Burridge has booked Noh, Marc Lerner and Troy See on Moritz Eclipse, Glasgow and Lim’s Revent respectively.


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