Aslam shows his tough side on Ironside

First-season trainer Donna Logan may not be in town, but her staff headed by foreman Graeme Forbes did a great job to keep the home fires burning on the Kranji front with another winner – their ninth - on Sunday.

In New Zealand to attend the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready-To-Run sale, Logan won two races on Friday night – Makkem Lad and The Big Easy – continuing on the winning momentum from their success on Dester Singapore Gold Cup day with Shahbaa.

An eye-catching second on debut, Ironside ($47), a horse owned by Logan’s good friend, Lars Pearson, was the latest addition to the winner’s list after taking out the Sunday’s $85,000 Novice race over 1200m. 

Settled at the rear after getting off to a slow start, the Jimmy Choux four-year-old came with a barnstorming run under jockey Erasmus Aslam to put paid to his 11 rivals in brilliant style.

Quadcopter (Olivier Placais), who was resuming after a gelding operation since his debut win back in August, fought hard on the rails to run second half-a-length away.

Even-money favourite Mach (Glen Boss) made an early move at the top of the straight, but he plateaued off at the furlong marker to settle for third place another half-length away.

Another notable run came from debutant Gentlemen Agreement (Benny Woodworth) who stuck on solidly for fourth place another length away. The winning time was 1min 10.14secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.

Forbes said Ironside was no straightforward conveyance, highlighting Aslam’s contribution in teaching him a few good manners.

“Aslam has done all the work on this horse. It’s good for him to get the win today,” said Forbes.

“I was a bit worried when he missed the start, but he ran on well.”

Long regarded as a journeyman who has been through the ups and downs of racing, Aslam was making his presence felt again since joining Logan’s yard this year.

While jumping on fast horses helps any jockey, Aslam said his daredevil ways help him land a few handy rides as well.

“I see every horse as a challenge. I like to live on the edge,” said Aslam.

“This horse is actually quite difficult. He’s a bolter and will throw his head around.

“But he was good today, and we expected him to run well today. He’s a nice horse who will develop into a nice strong horse.

“Today, he was racing too keen early. It was actually a blessing in disguise that he missed the kick as he was able to run home strongly.” -STC


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