Robin Hood bounced back to the winner’s circle in style in the S$80,000 Class 3 race over 1400m on Friday night.
The Nom Du Jeu six-year-old had slipped under the radar since his last win which came more than a year ago in a Benchmark 83 race over 1700m.
But that old dash and fighting spirit that marked his previous five wins was back to the fore on Friday night as apprentice Noh Senari brought him to a striking position at the 300m.
Once he put a space of two lengths between him and the chasing pack, the race was all but sewn up.
Robin Hood went on to post a 1 ¾-length win from Southern Spur (Wong Chin Chuen).
Noh, who was snapping his own lean spell, having not greeted the judge since March. He thought he was heading home empty-handed again when he was legged-up aboard the $113 longshot, who was the last of his four rides for the night.
“I thought things couldn’t get any worse after I dropped the whip earlier. I was kalang kabut (panicking in Malay), ” said Noh.
“I didn’t expect this one (Robin Hood) to win, but he was back to his best tonight. He was always travelling nicely for me and kicked clear nicely on the Long Course.”
With that sixth win in 31 starts, Robin Hood has now amassed more than S$300,000 in prizemoney for the Eight Eight One Stable. -STC