Thursday, February 28, 2008

Equipment change for Onceuponatime

Trainer David Hill will apply winkers to the gear of Onceuponatime when he contests the Group 3 Singapore Guineas over 1600 metres on Friday night.
Hill said the three-year-old has been “throwing away” races of late with his habit of laying-in and the addition of winkers should make the three-year-old race a lot truer.
“I think he dreams a little bit when he gets up near the lead,” Hill said. “Putting the winkers on him I hope will make him concentrate a bit more.”
Onceuponatime threw away what looked a certain victory in the Group 3 Three Rings Trophy on February 8 when he layed-in over the final stages of the race and was edged out by Top Spin at the end of the 1400 metre trip.
Top Spin has since made the form look good with his decisive win in the Group 3 Four-Year-Old Mile last Saturday.
“Barring accidents I think he should win,” Hill said of Onceuponatime. “He’s drawn out in gate seven and that’s perfect for him.
“He’s such a big horse – 16.2 hands – and he needs a bit of galloping room. He doesn’t like being cluttered up on the fence.”
Onceuponatime will be ridden by Danny Beasley who has been riding in great form of late. Beasley had his first ride aboard the colt in the Three Rings Trophy and no doubt will have learned a great deal about the three-year-old from that race.
Onceuponatime is opposed to eight rivals on Friday night with Laurie Laxon saddling up two runners – Big Maverick (Saimee Jumaat) and Ace Amigo (John Powell) – in the feature event.
Both Laxon runners drew well – Big Maverick in five and Ace Amigo in two.
Laxon is aiming for his third Singapore Guineas victory, having previously been successful with Big Easy in 2005 and Ace Armada last year.

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