Mr Big confirmed his status as the undisputed champion two-year-old of Singapore when he romped to victory in the $200,000 Group Three Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m) at Kranji today.
Sent out the second favourite after two wins from as many runs, Mr Big showed blistering speed at both the start and end of the race to win by a length and a half.
The win was a perfect result for trainer Michael Freedman with his other runner, the Charge Forward youngster Rush, running a eye catching second placing.
“It’s a great honour for me to win the Juvenile Championship,” Freedman said after the impressive win.
“Over the years we’ve seen many top horses win the race and let’s hope this one goes on to similar feats.”
“After he won the Aushorse race, he took a month off and I must say it was a bit of a rush to get him ready.”
“Danny (Beasley, winning jockey) was adamant the blinkers would help him and it’s a gamble that has paid off.”
“He’s done a great job to back up after a week and win the Aushorse race and now he’s won the Juvenile Championship first-up. He’s probably earned another good break,” Freedman added.
The win wasn’t the first in a Magic Millions feature race for Danny Beasley.
“I’ve had a lot of luck riding Magic Millions horses and also won a Magic Millions (2YO Classic) with the former good filly Mirror Mirror,” Beasley said.
“This horse is a real cruisy horse. He doesn’t do much in his trackwork and trials – he’s so easy to work with and this should hold him in good stead here in Singapore for the future.”
“I’m so proud of the horse – he really stood up and showed everyone he’s the champion two-year-old today,” he added.
Mr Big has turned out an incredible money spinner for connections considering he cost just $21,000 from the Yarraman Park Stud at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Unbeaten in three runs he’s earned over S$320,000 already and he looks likely to build on that after he returns from a spell.
“The second horse (Rush) ran a great race and he looks to have a really nice future.”
“His dam was placed in a Adrian Knox Stakes so he will only keep getting better next time in over some more ground,” Freedman added.
Mr Big, like Australia’s champion juvenile Sepoy, is by Elusive Quality and is from a daughter of Danehill.
He is the sole winner, from two to race, for his dam, Basamaat – she is a full sister to the international stakes performer Clear Impression.
Basamaat in turn is from the group winning Red Ransom mare Shining Hour – successful in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Winner: Mr Big
Breeding: Elusive Quality-Basamaat (Danehill)
Race: Singapore TC Magic Millions Juvenile Championship G3 (1200m)
Sold for: $21,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Yarraman Park (As Agent)
Buyer: Victorian Bloostock Agency
Owner(s): O & T Stable
Trainer: Michael Freedman (Kranji)
PICS – Singapore Turf Club.
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