Knight Wager’s signature sharp burst of speed saved him from sure defeat in Singapore on Friday night.
The Casino Prince sprinter was landlocked with nowhere to go in the straight while unbeaten British import Gold Peregrine looked all set to complete a hat-trick at Kranji. “I wasn’t too worried when we were strung up in traffic because he’s got a brilliant turn of foot,” winning jockey Michael Rodd said. “I just had to find my way out and, once in the clear, he did the rest.
“He sure has a lot of upside this horse.”
Knight Wager (5g Casino Prince – Miss Knightley by More Than Ready) was a late starter for trainer Michael Clements and has won 3 times in 9 starts this year. He cost $37,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions HIT Sale and is the first and only foal from a mare related to Group 1 siblings Bint Marscay, Filante and Kenny’s Best Pal.
Stable spokesman Michael White said the winner is a very athletic horse and doesn’t need a lot of work. “He was the best horse in the race and had really improved from a terrific first-up second to Meteor Mike. The moment he saw daylight on the outside, he just went whoosh.
“He is a quality horse and there are better races for him soon.”
Vinery sire Casino Prince has Hooked on a Group 1 mission for the Epsom Hcp (1600m) at Randwick next Saturday, October 3. He was a first-up winner of the G2 Tramway Hcp before failing on a rain-affected track in the G1 George Main Stakes on September 19.
Casino Prince (Flying Spur) stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee alongside his multiple Group 1 winning son All Too Hard.