Heartlight lives up to NZ winning form

Heartlight - Gareth Pepper (Singapore Turf Club)

Gareth Pepper (Singapore Turf Club)

Unbeaten New Zealand newcomer Heartlight kept up the same winning trend even after moving to a new country with an impressive victory on debut at Kranji on Sunday.

When racing as Crossedem for trainer Stephen Marsh, the Any Suggestion three-year-old won his only start in New Zealand, in a 1200m race at Avondale on November 10 before he was sold to Singapore.
Now known as Heartlight and prepared by Singapore champion trainer Mark Walker, Heartlight showed he had not lost any of that precocious potential at his new base when he quickened through the Class 4 Non Premier field in the opening race over 1200m and worth $45,000. 

Ridden by Vlad Duric, Heartlight, who was backed down to $15 favouritism, was a cut above when he was peeled to the outside at the top of the straight before pulling away to a one-and-a-half length win from longshot Paragon Star (Benny Woodworth) with the well-backed Gain Eclipse (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) in third place another short head away.
The winning time was 1min 10.31secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.
“He did everything right today and he got a gun ride from Vlad,” said Walker.
“I think he was in a weaker Class 4 race, but still, it is always had to win first-up. He’s got a nice future here.”
Heartlight has already hit the ground running for his new connections, the Better Times Stable, with a first winning cheque of around $25,000.
“He’s a lazy horse in the morning, very shuffly. It’s hard to get a good gauge on him,” said Duric.
“But Mark told me he won his race in New Zealand very impressively. He gave me a beautiful ride right through.
“He got a bit tired at the finish, but that was his first run and he will get even better after that.”


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