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New Zealand-bred five-year-old Basilisk recorded his first win since March last year when successful in the Class 5 Division 1 race over 1400m at the Singapore Turf Club on Friday night.

“I rode this horse at his last start and he ran on quite well (fifth to Leo),” jockey Joseph See said.

“I galloped him over the week and Leslie (Khoo) put me back on.

“I knew he had a chance when he overtook Noh’s (Senari) horse (Born To Win) at the top of the straight. I gave him a tap, I knew he had a second burst and he won well.”

Trainer Leslie Khoo was delighted he was the one to have provided See with that liberating first win back returning from a second lengthy one-year ban for a handling charge.

“It’s good for Joe. He rode the horse well at his last start and I have put him back on,” said the Singaporean trainer, who was himself a top jockey in the 80s.

“I told him to settle him midfield and let him finish off in the straight. The 1400m suited him better than the 1100m of his last run.”

A five-year-old by Battle Paint purchased out of Millfield Stud’s 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Select draft, Basilisk was bringing up his second win in 24 starts for prizemoney that has now tipped over the S$120,000 mark for his owner Tan Le En.-STC


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